“Individuals are pressured to conform to the customs, beliefs, opinions, and attitudes accepted by the majority.”
John Stuart Mills 1859
Now we see so-called news organizations banding together to censure news and opinion.
The Trusted News (TNI) Initiative partners will continue to work together to ensure legitimate concerns about future vaccinations are heard whilst harmful disinformation myths are stopped in their tracks.”
Here’s a more complete description of TNI and their goal to stifle free speech.
The Trusted News Initiative (TNI) was set up last year to protect audiences and users from disinformation, particularly around moments of jeopardy, such as elections. The TNI complements existing programmes partners have in place.
The partners currently within the TNI are: AP, AFP; BBC, CBC/Radio-Canada, European Broadcasting Union (EBU),Facebook, Financial Times, First Draft, Google/YouTube, The Hindu, Microsoft , Reuters, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Twitter, The Washington Post.
The TNI cooperative framework has been jointly developed amongst partners, and relates to only the most serious disinformation, which threatens life or the integrity of the electoral process. This is entirely separate from and does not in any way affect the editorial stance of any partner organisation.
Here’s what we can do, but I need some help. I propose that we start posting on our sites we are not part of TNI and we support free speech. That way, as soon as you land on a site, you can see if it supports free speech.
Where I need help is my icon sucks. If someone could design a better one that would be great. If this catches on, we would need to create a policy for exactly what a free speech site is and isn’t.