Sinister govt committee working to chill free speech
The govt has quietly released previously secret and heavily redacted documents relating to meetings of Jacinda Ardern’s Social Wellbeing Committee a year ago. So why the hell would the workings of a committee aimed at “social wellbeing” need to be hidden from the public? Maybe because the name is meant to disguise the true intent of the committee.
Reading the names of the committee members is enough to make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. Leaving aside the usual collection of faceless bureaucrats, the MPs who sit on it are:
Jacinda Ardern, Grant Robertson, Kelvin Davis, Megan Woods, Chris Hipkins, Carmel Sepuloni (chair), Andrew Little, Peeni Henare, Jan Tinetti, Ayesha Verrall, Aupito William Sio, and Meka Waitiri
Is your radar beeping yet? It should start going crazy when you learn that what this committee is really doing is putting together a new regulatory framework around media and social media content in New Zealand. Quote-
A broad, harm minimisation-focused review of New Zealand’s media content regulatory system will contribute to the Government’s priority of supporting a socially cohesive New Zealand, in which all people feel safe, have equal access to opportunities and have their human rights protected, including the rights to freedom from discrimination and freedom of expression.
The documents can be summarised as the outline for a terrifying Orwellian attack on our freedom to express opinions and/or engage in discussion on line. The idea is to replace the current mix of legislation with one broad all encompassing act designed to give priority to “keeping people safe”, the same old excuse the govt has been using for five years to try to stifle criticism of its authoritarian and dictatorial style.
If this proposed legislation, (no doubt a precursor of her recent ghastly and tyrannical UN speech), ever makes it through parliament, the govt’s Stasi style approach we are already deeply disturbed by in New Zealand is going to get far worse.
The law will be heavily influenced by legislation already in place (or also proposed) in other countries, such as the UK, Ireland, Germany, Australia, Canada and the USA. Anyone who has noticed recent stepped up Gestapo like activities by police in those countries knows what this will mean for New Zealand. Its no wonder therefore that the document is so heavily redacted.
The legislation will be based on the following international legislation-
- The German Network Enforcement Act (enacted)
- The United Kingdom’s (UK) Online Safety Bill (proposed)
- The Irish Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill (proposed)
- Australia – Online Safety Bill
- Canada – Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review
- France – Fighting Hate on the Internet Bill
“Hate speech” and “serious harm” are phrases that feature frequently in the discussions. Other considerations are the Christchurch Mosque attack, “allegations of foreign election interference, COVID-19 misinformation, the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol and violations of data privacy”.
Note the deliberate conflation here. Even if the entirely fake concept of hate speech (and the other matters) are accepted, it has nothing to do with “violations of data privacy”. The broader concerns are being conflated with data breaches so the latter can give unearned legitimacy to the former.
However, if you’re seeking to have your your doubts on the legislation’s true intent further validated, then read the attached pdfs, for what is addressed in this article is only the tip of the iceberg. The documents are drenched in insipid and fatuous Ardern style left wing opinion presented as unchallengeable fact.
They cloak a despicable dangerous and sinister attack on our freedoms under fake kindness and concern for our “wellbeing”. But you already knew that would be the case.
Even a brief analysis of the documents could run to over a thousand words of criticism on human rights grounds, so to serve brevity, it is best if (as suggested) you just read the documentation for yourself. Better still, download it and take it to your local MP and tell them of your concerns. Distribute it among any pressure groups you may know or be part of.
Its highly likely the legacy fake media already know of what is planned and have decided not to publicise any concerns. They support anything that helps them in their battle against truth. So once again its up to us and our social media outlets to get the message out.
Remember! If this legislation makes it through parliament, as it may well do while Ardern holds so many seats and the opposition is so weak, it will be the end of all that. So we need to get the word out there while we still can.
(Note that the documentation frequently refers to input from Kris Faafoi. Of course he has recently quit and been replaced by Willie Jackson. Hardly any kind of comfort.)