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Courtroom battle over the BBC’s fake news


ROBERT Kennedy Jr has marshalled his legal forces to combat the powerful and ubiquitous purveyors of propaganda including the BBC. In addition to the censorship case he and others have brought against President Biden and a dozen White House officials for violation of the First Amendment of the US Constitution, which guarantees free speech, he and others filed one in Texas on Tuesday under anti-trust laws against the major global players who control the official news. 

In an interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News, Kennedy revealed how the BBC in March 2020 orchestrated and founded a secretive cartel involving the legacy news organisations and tech companies, which it called the ‘Trusted News Initiative’ (TNI), to collaborate in the suppression and censorship of information. ‘Core partners’ of the Trusted News Initiative include AP, Agence-France Press, CBC/Radio-Canada, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the Financial Times, First Draft, Google/YouTube, The Hindu, The Nation Media Group, Meta, Microsoft, Reuters, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Twitter and the Washington Post.

The mission statement of this secretive cartel was: ‘To stop the tidal wave of unchecked [reporting] that’s being piped out mainly through digital platforms’. Summed up by Tucker Carlson as: ‘We have a monopoly on telling lies. No one else can talk.’

The purpose was twofold. One, to act as a powerful tool of information control by suppressing and censoring any information, whether accurate or not, which departed from official government orthodoxies and proclamations. Two, as stated in a BBC memo, to destroy their rivals in the independent media.

Kennedy explained to Carlson that the BBC believed the smaller news organisations posed an existential threat to its news and information primacy, and sold the argument to the members of the TNI that, despite being ostensibly rivals, it was in all their interests to collaborate because their business model was threatened by independent news sites which were not only providing quantities of content that people were reading, but were diminishing trust in the larger networks and outlets. Kennedy revealed that BBC memos obtained express their objectives in terms of destroying independent voices, stamping them out and choking them off by labelling stories and topics as ‘misinformation’, and denying them access to the social media sites critical to their ability to function. Their directive was simple: anybody who departed from the official ‘trusted news’, official government narratives or those emanating from the WHO, the CDC, the White House, Anthony Fauci et al, would be identified and denied a platform, irrespective of whether the statements were true or not.

It appears to be a carefully considered strategy to sue these giants under anti-trust laws, and in a jurisdiction where the judiciary has been seen to be impartial. Furthermore, if high damages are awarded, it will provide funds for more cases to be brought against the Covid cartel.

The lawsuit argues that as a result of this ‘group boycott’, ‘the Trusted News Initiative not only prevented internet users from making certain statements, but it shut down online news publishers who simply reported that these claims were being made by potentially credible sources such as scientists and physicians. Thus TNI members not only suppressed competition in the online news market, but deprived the public of important information on matters of the highest public concern.’

It draws on a Supreme Court precedent from 1945 in which the judge in his decision stated: ‘Freedom to publish means freedom for all, not just for some. Freedom to publish is guaranteed by the Constitution, but freedom to combine to keep others from publishing is not.’

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Serena Wylde
Serena Wylde
Serena Wylde is multi-lingual with a keen interest in law and ethics.

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