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The censorship of SouthFront on YouTube and Facebook. On June 9, the  prominent international organization “AntiWar” published a research dedicated to this situation. The research is authorted by Rick Sterling.

SouthFront Is Censored Under Cover of Pandemic (source):

Censorship of alternative media is becoming more widespread in the COVID-19 era. This article documents the case of SouthFront.

Introducing SouthFront

Where do you find daily news, videos, analysis and maps about the conflict in Syria? Detailed reports about the conflicts in Libya, Yemen and Venezuela? News about the rise of ISIS in Mozambique? Original analysis of events in the US and Russia? SouthFront is the place.

SouthFront is unique and influential, reaching a global audience of hundreds of thousands. They have opinion articles but their reports and videos are informational and factual. Their website says,

“SouthFront focuses on issues of international relations, armed conflicts and crises…. We try to dig out the truth on issues which are barely covered by the states concerned and the mainstream media.”

Censorship by Facebook and YouTube

A major disinformation and censorship drive against SouthFront was recently launched. On April 30 the SouthFront Facebook account with about 100,000 subscribers was deleted without warning or notice.

On May 1, SouthFront’s main YouTube account with over 150 thousand subscribers was terminated. The English language channel had 1,900 uploaded videos with 60 million views over the past 5 years.

While the SouthFront website continues as before, the above actions remove important distribution channels which SouthFront has painstakingly built up.

The censorship has been accompanied by a parallel disinformation campaign promoted by corporate, governmental and establishment “think tank” organizations. This is in the context where the US State Department’s Global Engagement Center (GEC) has a direct liaison with Silicon Valley companies and teams focused on “countering the propaganda” from Russia, China and Iran with a current budget of $60 million per year.

In a March 2020 hearing, Senator Chris Murphy (D – Conn) lobbied for increased funding and more censorship. He said, “It’s hard to chase one lie after another. You have to actually go after the source and expose the source as illegitimate or untrustworthy, is that right?” Lea Gabrielle, head of GEC, responded “That’s correct.”

When the Senator says “it’s hard to chase one lie after another“, he is acknowledging that it’s often hard to show that it’s a lie. Even more so when it is not a lie. It is much easier for the authorities to simply say the source is untrustworthy- or better yet to eliminate them – as they have tried to do with SouthFront.

False Accusations by Facebook

The elimination of SouthFront’s Facebook account was based on a Facebook sponsored investigation titled “April 2020 Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior Report”. The 28 page report says, “We’re constantly working to find and stop coordinated campaigns that seek to manipulate public debate across our platforms….We view influence operations as coordinated efforts to manipulate public debate for a strategic goal where fake accounts are central to the operation…. This month we removed eight networks of accounts, Pages and Groups….. Our investigation linked this activity to … two media organizations in Crimea – News Front and SouthFront. We found this network as part of our internal investigation into suspected coordinated inauthentic behavior.”

First, SouthFront is not trying to “manipulate public debate”; they are providing news and information which is difficult if not impossible to find elsewhere. It seems to be the censors who are trying to manipulate debate by shutting out some voices.

Second, SouthFront does not have “fake accounts”; they have a public website plus standard social media outlets like Facebook and YouTube (until canceled). Third, SouthFront has no connection to NewsFront nor operations in Crimea.

NewsFront and SouthFront are completely different organizations. They share the name “Front” but that is irrelevant. Does Facebook confuse the New York Times with Moscow Times? After all, they both have “Times” in their title.

Facebook has shut down SouthFront on the basis of misinformation and smears.

False Accusations by DFRLab

The Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) was created by the Atlantic Council, a “non partisan organization that galvanizes US global leadership”. It is another organization which is quick to label alternative foreign policy voices as “Russian propaganda”. DFRLab claims to have “operationalized the study of disinformation by exposing falsehoods and fake news”. They reported the censorship of SouthFront with a report titled “Facebook removes Russian propaganda outlet in Ukraine” with subtitle “The social network took down assets connected to News Front and SouthFront, propaganda websites supportive of Russian security services”. They reported that the two “demonstrated a close relationship by liking each other’s pages.” As anyone who uses Facebook is aware, it is common to “like” a wide variety of articles and publications. The suggestion that “liking” an article proves a close relationship is silly.

The DFRLab report says News Front and SouthFront “disseminated pro-Kremlin propaganda in an array of languages, indicating they were attempting to reach a diverse, international audience beyond Russia.”

First, NewsFront and SouthFront are completely distinct and separate organizations. Second, is there anything unusual about a website trying to expand and reach different audiences? Don’t all publications or outlets do that? This is a tactic of the new censors: to portray normal behavior as sinister.

Another censorship tactic is to assert that it is impermissible to question the veracity of certain findings. Thus DFRLab report says NewsFront posted “outright disinformation” when it published a story that “denied the culpability of Russian-backed separatists’ involvement in the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines MH-17”. They suggest this proves it is Russian propaganda and false. However, the facts about the downing of MH-17 are widely disputed. For example, one of the foremost American investigative journalists, the late Robert Parry, came to the same conclusion that the MH-17 investigation was manipulated and the shoot-down was probably NOT as portrayed. Parry did many articles on this important event, confirming that it is not “Russian propaganda”.

The Atlantic Council is one of the most influential US “think tanks”. It appears they have created the DFRLab as a propaganda tool to disparage and silence the sources of alternative information and analysis.

Disinformation by European Council “Task Force”

The goals and priorities of the European Union are set by the European Council. They are also increasingly active in suppressing alternative information and viewpoints.

In 2015 the European Council created a East StratCom Task Force to “address Russia’s ongoing disinformation campaigns”. Their major project is called EUvsDISINFO. They say, “Using data analysis and media monitoring services in 15 languages, EUvsDISINFO identifies, compiles, and exposes disinformation cases originating in pro-Kremlin media.”

This organization is part of the disinformation campaign against SouthFront. In April 2019 they published an analysis “SouthFront – Russia Hiding Being Russian“. The story falsely claims that SouthFront “attempts to hide the fact it is registered and managed in Russia.” The SouthFront team is international and includes Russians along with numerous other nationalities. Key spokespersons are the Bulgarian, Viktor Stoilov, and an American, Brian Kalman. They do not hide the fact that the website is registered in Russia or that PayPal donations go to an account in Russia. The website is hosted by a service in Holland. It is genuinely international.

EUvsDISINFO demonstrates disinformation tactic of falsely claiming to have “exposed” something that is “hidden” when it is public information. There is nothing sinister about collaboration between different nationalities including Russia. EUvsDISINFO suggests there are sinister “pro-Kremlin networks”. In reality, SouthFront is a website run by a dedicated and underpaid staff and lots of volunteers. While the European Council gives millions of dollars to EUvsDISINFO, SouthFront operates on a tiny budget without government support from Russia or anywhere else.

False accusations by US Department of Defense

On April 9, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Laura Cooper, spoke at a press briefing. She identifies SouthFront by name and accuses them of “reporting that there actually was no pandemic and that some deaths in Italy might in fact have been from the common flu”.

The first accusation is because of the SouthFront article “Pandemic of Fear”. In contrast with the accusation, the article says, “The COVID-19 outbreak is an apparent threat which cannot be ignored.” The article also discusses the much less reported but widespread pandemic of fear.

The second false accusation is regarding the high death toll in Italy. SouthFront reported the findings of a report from the Italian Ministry of Health which suggested the previous mild winter and flu season had “led to an increase in the pool of those most vulnerable (the elderly and those with chronic illnesses) that can increase the impact of the epidemic COVID-19 on mortality and explain, at least in part, the increased lethality observed in our country.” This is very different than saying the deaths were caused by the common flu. In any case, the findings came directly from Italian health authorities not SouthFront.

In the same press conference, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense says she wishes to “reign in malign actors that are spreading misleading disruptive information”. The censors claim the higher ground but engage in misinformation and falsehoods as they seek to silence discussion and debate.

Conclusion

There is a coordinated effort to manipulate and restrict what the public sees and hears in both North America and Europe. Under the guise of “fact checking” and stopping “Russian propaganda”, the establishment has created private and government sponsored censors to distort and diminish questioning media. They label alternative media “Russian” or “pro Kremlin” even though many of the researchers and writers are from the West and have no connection or dependency on the Russian government.

SouthFront is an example of a media site doing important and original reporting and analysis. It is truly international with offices in several countries. The staff and volunteers include people from four continents. The censorship and vilification they are facing seems to be because they are providing information and analysis which contradicts the western mainstream narrative.

In recent developments, SouthFront is posting videos to a secondary YouTube channel called SouthFront TV. When that was also taken down on May 16, they challenged the ruling and won. The channel was restored with the acknowledgment “We have confirmed that your YouTube account is not in violation of our Terms of Service.”

SouthFront is still trying to have their main channel with 152K subscribers restored. Their Facebook account is still shut down and attempts to disparage their journalism continues. The censorship has escalated during the Covid-19 crisis.

Rick Sterling is an investigative journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He can be reached at rsterling1@protonmail.com.

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MADE MAKER

The First Casualty of WAR is TRUTH and channels that Speak or say the TRUTH are TARGETED when ever there is a WAR or CONFLICT about to or TAKING PLACE ..SOUTH-FRONT for me NO BIAS

Zionism = EVIL

SF, RT, Sputnik, Press TV, etc just report the real news without the Jew spin, so that irks the bastards who are having time dealing with the truth. Even the average dumbass brainwashed Americunt or limey is now on to the Bilderberg lies. SF did not ask the dumbass Americunts to go invade Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria for the Zionist parasites, did it? and blow $13 TRILLION on Jew fanned wars, putting the average Americunt in the literal dog house and setting the streets on fire.

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Charles Homer

As shown in this article, America’s social network giants are doing whatever they can to control the COVID-19 narrative:

https://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2020/05/how-social-media-is-controlling-covid.html

You can call me Al

Not just that, MH-17, Syria, Iran, Libya, The Lebanon, Russia, China – everything those bastards have done but blame others for.

Concrete Mike

Absolutly.

The main goal of the social media’s is to manufacture consent.
“Its all about money nobody gives a fuck!”
S.O.A.D , Boom!

You can call me Al

It is out there SF, keep strong and keep fighting. ……. https://www.globalresearch.ca/southfront-censored-under-cover-pandemic/5715412

Zionism = EVIL

The real problem for the Jew cunts MSM is that, even the shit for brains western sheeple are not buying their lies anyway, so they resort to gutter snipe cowardly route of “bans and censorship”, as if that can suppress the truth. Alternate or truthful objective sources like Southfront, have become a pain in the Zionist and WASP dumbarse, so they are floundering on how to silence them. Too late for the Jew cunts, as such pathetic tactics only bring more validity and attention to the alt-media and more people log on. SF is punching well above its weight in such a short time and that irks the Jew parasites. SF is also maintaining quality journalism and a high level of freedom of expression, which is nowhere to be found on the Bilderberg/Murdoch Jew media built on lies and distortions.

You can call me Al

Yep, agreed.

AriusArmenian

It was only a matter of time before the fear and hate morons started to spike groups on US social media and search engines.

Their fear and hate doesn’t work on me – I reserve fear and hate to pour on those US morons. They are the enemy of truth and justice.

Jim Allen

C’mon you know the truth won’t be tolerated in the West.?
The West has the biggest, most powerful military PsyOps, and propaganda weapon on earth. US Government uses military censorship to blackout all truth. The weapon targets the West’s enemies, which include the the people of the West. US citizens, EU, many Middle Eastern, and African, and South American countries. Russia, Iran, Cuba, and Venezuela in particular.
None more than Russia and Iran, The City of London (puppet masters) hate these two countries, have been packing a grudge for
1,500(+/-) years. The Zionist Khazar Criminal Banking Cabal wants them destroyed at all costs. The arrogant sociopaths are lunatics, emotionally driven, and so leads to repeated blunders.
I’m thinkin’ we’re seeing this now.

Pave Way IV

“Does Facebook confuse the New York Times with Moscow Times?”

Hmmm… never though about that. The Brits just use ‘The Times’, so they must be the masterminds behind this whole scheme. I’ll bet they’re all run by the same cabal of evildoers. Sneaky bastards!

Golda

“seek to manipulate public debate across our platforms . .”. Yep, that’s Facebook. They, along with their partners in information dictatorship crime(google and youtube), are now “plugging all the leaks” of truth in their aggressive authoritarian censorship program. Before long, all there will be is their Orwellian “Ministry of Truth” and future generations, who lack the understanding and experience of older generations, will be a bunch of dumb sheeple who will be even easier to manipulate. Orwell was prophetic in his vision of the future . .

kenpachi

doing a play by play of the wars everyday while our ‘leaders’ indulge in drama is a sharp contrast im sure they don’t like

Janne

Well, at least they didn’t drone attack or Epstein you. The time will come when they’ll try exactly that, but not yet.

cechas vodobenikov

amerikan censorship in academia and media is ludicrous—expected in a society of insecure robots—as Tocqueville wrote “there is no independence of mind nor any real freedom of debate in amerika…the least reproach offends amerikans; the slightest sharp sting of truth turns them fierce”

guest

The truth and MSM are mutually exclusive so objective media needs to be censored. SF will not be cowed.

peter mcloughlin

In this age of COVID 19 and the rising danger of world war three it is important that views are not censored. Unfortunately, the truth is what we want it to be. And so humanity stumbles towards its own destruction.
https://www.ghostsofhistory.wordpress.com/

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