This afternoon, I was watching excerpts from America's Frontline Doctors with French subtitles. The video was censored while I was watching it!
I read the transcript translation of the conference on France Soir. It only contains scientific informations, medical opinions, and testimonials from doctors defending the use of HCQ, AZ and zinc in the treatment of Covid-19, and the end of containment measures and wearing a mask in the general population. It does not preclude wearing a mask in specific conditions where it is useful: nursing staff, infected people, protection of vulnerable people, etc.
America’s Frontline Doctors is also an extreme right wing organization.
Video from the conference was almost completely censored on Google, Facebook and Twitter. Their website has been deleted by Squarespace.
Here is my opinion on the subject:
- Globally, censorship should be banned.
- Exceptionally, counter-revolutionary and anti-communist propaganda must be censored during the civil war. This is the only legitimate exception I see to the censorship ban.
- Personally, everyone should be able to use categories, rankings and filters on internet content, like Adblock, so as not to be exposed to certain content. But it is a purely individual choice which does not concern the general ban on censorship.
The censorship of the extreme right and the extreme left, and the promotion of a capitalist and governmental "extreme center" constitute a serious threat to the labor movement, which is prevented from accessing or exchanging ideas when they oppose government policies.
Remember the censorship of wsws and anti-war organizations by Google and Facebook. Even if we disagree with wsws etc., we need to stand up for free speech together.
For the far right, it enjoys the support of part of the capitalist classes, and its ideas are widely disseminated or taken up by politicians from the far center. The far right is censored ... about HCQ!
If HCQ is effective, as I think it is, the far right will be greatly rewarded, and will benefit tremendously from censorship. And let's not forget that the effectiveness of HCQ does not depend on political opinions.
But the HCQ only illustrates the problem.
Basically, I would like to know the opinion of the ICC and the forum members on the issue of censorship.