Is Western corporate media copying Russian censorship? Is Kremlin copying the new censorship in the West?

NBC News:

Life as a ‘foreign agent’: Inside Russia’s crackdown on free speech

““The authorities have become smart and sophisticated,” said Gulnoza Said, the director for Europe and Central Asia for the Committee to Protect Journalists. “They don’t use the targeted killings of journalists as 20 years ago. They use legislation to legitimize the crackdown.””

“By labeling journalists or media outlets as foreign agents, the state is thrusting two significant legal burdens upon them: The first is a disclaimer, prescribed by law, that must accompany everything they post online; the second is a quarterly report about all of their financial activities. Any misstep in either could lead to criminal prosecution, fines or both.”

“Kovalev said: “It is not the Russian state that drives you out of business. You have to kill your own business yourself. You have to hire a lawyer to deal with the paperwork, an accountant to deal with the financial filings. And now, when you have individual people declared foreign agents, you see how devastating this actually is.””

It looks like Putin has been inspired or learned a few tricks from oligarchic leaders of Western corporate (social) media who have perfected the art of “subtle” censorship and clever manufactured consent.

The Jimmy Dore Show:

Facebook Bans Criticism Of Establishment Journalists

I’ve worked a week as a journalist (before getting quickly fired), been on the editorial board of the Norwegian magazine Ikkevold (Nonviolence), and written several op-eds in Aftenposten, Norway’s most respected newspaper. If not having narcolepsy I could have instantly returned to working as a freelance journalist, but I’m now an independent commentator, a role which is a subcategory of journalism. Many journalists in corporate media work as commentators. In other words, I too can claim to be an “involuntary public person” when writing daily articles here on But have no need to call myself a journalist and basically no desire to avoid smear campaigns and cruel personal attacks. Consider it a failure on my part, a sin of the gravest sort, if writing in a manner that doesn’t tempt my opponents to engage in vicious ad hominem arguments. I will die for my opponents’ right to smear me. Not because I’m a free speech fundamentalist. I simply don’t find it entertaining and exciting to gag people who viscerally hate my writings. And, no, I’m not tough, not thick-skinned. Guess 99% of all corporate journalists are tougher than me, and that is why one may conclude that calls for “protecting journalists against verbal attacks” have nothing to do with defending their alleged snowflake emotions but is instead an excuse for introducing censorship.

How long will it take before Russian journalists in state-controlled media are defined by Kremlin as being “involuntary public figures”?

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