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New Zealand Follows Communist China in Erecting “Great Firewall” of Internet Content to Block All Independent Journalism About the Mosque Shooting +Video

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Image: New Zealand follows Communist China in erecting “great firewall” of internet content to block all independent journalism about the Mosque shooting

By:  / Natural News

The damage that one maniac’s horrific act of terror is doing to New Zealand’s democratic processes will be irreversible — that is, without major societal upheaval at some point in the future.

When Brenton Tarrant live-streamed the murders of worshipers in two Christchurch mosques a week ago, he not only stole the life from innocent human beings, he stole the lifeblood of Ne Zealand’s peaceful, tranquil freedoms.

In the aftermath, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern immediately called for new gun control laws that would ban the kind of semi-automatic rifle used by Tarrant, even though the country doesn’t have a huge problem with firearms of the type — or with gun crimes in general.

Now, after several Western websites broadcast footage of Tarrant’s livestream, allowed it to be shown on their sites, or permitted it to be freely discussed (on sites like Dissenter and Zero Hedge), not only did New Zealand telecoms ban them, but now the same firms want more censorship from big tech platforms — to “protect consumers.”

That censorship has already begun. Facebook, which was Tarrant’s chosen live-stream platform, took the video down and then proceeded to delete some 1.5 million additional videos of the assault; 1.2 million of those were blocked at the time of upload.

Facebook Newsroom✔@fbnewsroom

 · Mar 16, 2019

Replying to @fbnewsroom

Update from Mia Garlick, Facebook New Zealand: “We continue to work around the clock to remove violating content using a combination of technology and people…

Facebook Newsroom✔@fbnewsroom

In the first 24 hours we removed 1.5 million videos of the attack globally, of which over 1.2 million were blocked at upload…


8:14 PM – Mar 16, 2019

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The social media giant also said it had been in contact with the other big tech behemoths including Google, Twitter, and Microsoft via the “Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT).”

Facebook Newsroom✔@fbnewsroom

 · Mar 16, 2019

Replying to @fbnewsroom

Out of respect for the people affected by this tragedy and the concerns of local authorities, we’re also removing all edited versions of the video that do not show graphic content.” — Mia Garlick, Facebook New Zealand

Facebook Newsroom✔@fbnewsroom

We’ve been in close contact with @Google, @Twitter, and @Microsoft since last week’s terrorist attack in New Zealand through the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT).


5:56 PM – Mar 18, 2019

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Zero Hedge noted on its site that the video could still be downloaded by anyone wishing to see it from BitTorrent. 

Twitter has also been at work aggressively censoring a lot of content related to the Christchurch attack — “perhaps most egregiously forcing journalist Nick Monroe to delete a large number of tweets as he covered the incident in real time, just one of which had links to footage of the shooting,” Zero Hedge reported.

Terrorists seek to have liberties and freedom restricted — that’s the definition of terrorism

Besides merely reporting on and documenting the attack and its aftermath, Monroe has also noted the widespread censorship taking place as well. Examples include the New Zealand Herald quietly editing a March 15 story in order to remove mention of a “well known Muslim local” who “chased the shooters and fired two shots at them as they sped off” — because authorities there don’t want anyone getting the idea that guns can also be used for things like self-defense and protecting the public, and by ordinary citizens, not just armed police officers.

Nick [email protected]

 · Mar 19, 2019

Replying to @nickmon1112

“We made the decision on Friday with Sky News Australia to replace their live news with sport.” 

I’m astounded that they’re still able to invent new and riveting ways of suppressing this story.

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Nick [email protected]

Hi @nzherald I’m reaching out for comment:
- March 15th: …
- March 19th: …

Difference? Information about about a “well known Muslim local chased the shooters and fired two shots at them as they sped off” has been removed.



11:17 AM – Mar 19, 2019

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But none of the big tech censorship has progressed far enough, at least according to the CEOs of New Zealand telecom companies. In a letter to Facebook, Google and Tweeter that was reported by the New Zealand Herald, execs from Spark, Vodafone, and 2degrees said they should be “following European proposals” that include censoring (taking down) of materials within a certain period and other “proactive” measures as well as imposing fins of up to $80 million for failure to act. (Related: Slate goes genocidal, says ALL white people of Australia are to blame for mass murder, echoes Third Reich calls for exterminating an entire culture of human beings.)

“Consumers have the right to be protected, whether using services funded by money or data. Now is the time for this conversation to be had and we call on all of you to join us at the table and be part of the solution,” they wrote.

The letter came as major New Zealand firms pulled their ads from the platforms.

“We call on Facebook, Twitter and Google, whose platforms carry so much content, to be a part of an urgent discussion at an industry and New Zealand Government level on an enduring solution to this issue,” the wrote.

Their solutions should be viewed as unacceptable to anyone who wishes to remain free. Yes, what Tarrant did — especially live-streaming it — was an awful, terrible thing. But punishing freedom and restricting liberties is exactly the kind of overreaction from governments that terrorists hope their attacks will accomplish.

Read more about acts of terrorism and how they can lead to new restrictions by the tech giants at and

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