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Rupert Murdoch and free speech

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 21: People walk by the News Corp. headquarters in midtown Manhattan on September 21, 2023 in New York City. Rupert Murdoch has announced that he is stepping down as chairman of the board of both Fox Corp. and News Corp. and will be handing control over to his son Lachlan Murdoch, who will become sole chairman of News Corp. and will continue as the CEO of Fox Corp. Murdoch, 92, will be appointed chairman emeritus of each company and act as an adviser to his son. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The media headline of the week?

Here it is, as planted boldly on the Fox News website: https://www.foxnews.com/media/rupert-murdoch-announces-transition-new-role-chairman-emeritus-fox-news-corp

Rupert Murdoch announces transition to new role of Chairman Emeritus of Fox Corporation and News Corp.

Murdoch is quoted as saying:

“For my entire professional life, I have been engaged daily with news and ideas, and that will not change,”Murdoch assured staff in a memo sent Thursday, CNN reported. “But the time is right for me to take on different roles, knowing that we have truly talented teams.” 

“Our companies are in robust health, as am I,” he continued. “We have every reason to be optimistic about the coming years – I certainly am, and plan to be here to participate in them. But the battle for the freedom of speech and, ultimately, the freedom of thought, has never been more intense.”

Note well Murdoch’s saying that “the battle for the freedom of speech and, ultimately, the freedom of thought, has never been more intense.”

This week the United Nations is having its annual September re-convening. It was only last year that Fox was running this headline about the UN and a speech from the prime minister of New Zealand: https://www.foxnews.com/media/new-zealand-prime-minister-condemned-calling-regulate-free-speech-weapon-war-un

New Zealand prime minister condemned for calling to regulate free speech as a ‘weapon of war’ at UN

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern warned about disinformation online at the United Nations General Assembly

This year, while no longer prime minister, Ardern is sticking by her call for censorship.

George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley writes this: https://www.sgtreport.com/2023/09/harvards-jacinda-ardean-calls-on-the-united-nations-to-crack-down-on-free-speech-as-a-weapon-of-war/

“Jacinda Ardern may no longer be Prime Minister of New Zealand, but she was back at the United Nations continuing her call for international censorship. Ardern is now one of the leading anti-free speech figures in the world and continues to draw support from political and academic establishments.  In her latest attack on free speech, Ardean declared free speech as a virtual weapon of war. She is demanding that the world join her in battling free speech as part of its own war against “misinformation” and “disinformation.” Her views, of course, were not only enthusiastically embraced by authoritarian countries, but the government and academic elite.”

In other words there is in fact a serious battle for free speech underway, just as Rupert Murdoch says.

And the time to speak up in opposition to that war on free speech is now.