Deafening Silencing

The Propaganda war using censorship, smearing, and coercion

Central to selling the extreme, and ultimately highly destructive, policies evidenced during the Covid event has involved the use of propaganda, including censorship, on an unprecedented scale.

Deafening Silencing documents the widespread and indiscreet use of direct censorship, de-platforming, smearing, coercion and other attempts to silence individuals questioning the official narrative on the Covid event and the associated vaccines. These interviews perfectly illustrate the crude censorship methods employed by the mainstream press and large tech corporations, which have enabled and supported the equally crude propaganda our societies are flooded with.
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CJ Hopkins

An award-winning American playwright, novelist, and political satirist. His most recent book is a collection of essays called The Rise of The New Normal Reich and was banned on Amazon in Austria, Germany and The Netherlands. In this video, C.J. discusses how his satire has become more serious as he has been documenting the global roll-out of a totalitarian ideology, the seemingly unending forms of censorship he has encountered, and the bizarre way in which Twitter appears to be trying to defame him and smear his reputation.

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Nick Hudson

Chairman of PANDA: an organisation formed in April 2020 which performed the only cost-benefit analysis done at the start of South Africa’s first hard lockdown. Nick discusses the direct censorship he is experiencing and shares his thoughts on what it means for society as a whole when a nebulous concept such as the undefined “violating community guidelines” is given as a reason for silencing opinions that run counter to the official narrative.

“It’s a notable truism that censorship always targets the true stuff.”

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Dr Jennifer Smith

A virologist and immunologist with over 12 years experience in vaccine development and testing. She came out as a whistleblower whilst working for the Hawai’i Department of Health on their Covid-19 Track and Trace efforts and spoke out about the PCR testing problems. Amongst other things, she has been banned from LinkedIn and was fired from her position with the Health Department for speaking out.

“….if I am saying these things as an expert, and people are not listening, that tells me that something bigger, something much deeper is happening here…and people should be curious about that…”

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Sean Kaufman

“Public Health Professionals do not do public health TO you and FOR you, they do it with you and by you.”

Sean Kaufman MPH, CPH, is a public health professional specialising in behavioural science with and around infectious diseases. Working with the CDC and the WHO, Sean has been directly engaged in almost every infectious disease response that occurred in the last 25 years.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, however, he found himself censored and dismissed, while actors and accountants are allowed to dispense medical advice on the same platform from which he was banned for quoting science.

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Dr Robert Malone

“The medical aspect of this is just a skirmish. The big fight is about centralised power and globalism.”

Dr Robert Malone is one of the early pioneers of the mRNA technology for vaccines. Following his prior involvements with bio-defence related vaccine R&D, in January 2020 he was contacted by a US government agency to assemble a team to study the ‘novel virus’ to help inform the public health response in the USA.

Shortly after beginning to research Covid-19 and possible treatments, he experienced consistent censorship, smearing, and de-platforming from social media. He has also witnessed a ruthless campaign to erase his earlier professional contributions.

“It drives people towards radicalisation, when it (censorship) happens to you.”

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Kristen Nagle

“It was hurting my soul more to stay silent, than to speak out.”

Canadian Neo-natal ICU nurse, Kristen Nagle, speaks about the silencing of Canadian nurses early in the Covid event. In response to large protests she organized outside hospitals, the Canadian government made it illegal to protest in front of hospitals. Kristen was described as a ‘domestic terrorist’ and subjected to an intense, nationwide media smearing-campaign. She was fired and is being investigated by the College of Nurses, who use her as a case study. The silver lining is that she co-founded Canadian Frontline Nurses, who offer a creative solution to Canadian patients and nurses.

“My name is a really fun Google search these days.”

A successful repression

Identifying or labelling arguments and opinions in this way runs hand in hand with direct censorship through the removal of critical or questioning content and de-platforming of individuals, the sponsoring of hostile coverage designed to smear and intimidate anyone raising critical questions regarding the Covid-19 narrative, and coercive approaches involving threats to livelihood and employment.

Numerous scientists, experts and members of the public have been removed from social media platforms for allegedly violating ‘community standards’ whilst academic papers have been blocked or retracted. Others have been subjected to ugly smear campaigns in which unscrupulous journalists seek to denigrate an individual whilst the emergence of mandates has led to people losing their livelihoods due to their non-compliance.

How debate is stifled

The tactics of censorship, smearing and coercion are synergistic and help construct an environment in which self-censorship becomes ubiquitous: the de-platforming of dissident scientists sends a clear warning about subject matter and issues that are off limits, whilst examples of smearing highlight the potential unpleasant consequences of discussing such issues. Coercion acts as a final hardstop for anyone entertaining the possibility of risking talking about censored issues and riding out the smears that will result: loss of job and income is simply too much to bear. Overall, the role of authorities in enabling censorship and coercion broadly speaking results in an institutionalised culture in which the suppression of opinions and debate becomes the norm.

These developments have deleterious consequences for rational debate and democracy. John Stuart Mill explained that silencing the expression of an opinion robs us all of the opportunity to either hear an argument that might turn out to be true, or refine or reject an opinion that is faulty.

Legislative developments, such as the so-called ‘online harm bills’ in the UK, Europe, Canada and other countries, will operate in tandem with so-called “fact checking” entities and algorithms that work to define and then exclude what is defined as “misinformation”, “disinformation”, and now “malinformation”. These terms are so nebulous that they will enable authorities to proscribe virtually any serious debate or criticism in the public sphere.

Into the future

Of course, there is nothing new about censorship, smearing and coercion in western democracies. Indeed, for some time now – decades in fact – those questioning western foreign policy have been subjected to censorship and smearing. Of course, we are witnessing a preeminent example of coercion with the Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, facing the prospect of deportation to the US and the rest of his life in prison. His crime was to reveal accurate information about the 9/11 wars, especially those in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The overall trajectory here is clear to discern. It entails the move to a world where the truth is defined by “fact checkers” and authorities, and legislation provides the underlying coercive framework to ensure any deviance is punished. This is entirely at odds with basic principles of open debate, objective scholarship and freedom of expression. This is entirely at odds with democracy. There are dark days ahead and mounting a robust and uncompromising defence of freedom of expression has never been so urgent.

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Propaganda through censorship, character assassination and coercion during COVID-19 and the emergence of a disinformation industry and legislative moves to sanction online "harms".

This short talk by Dr Piers Robinson was produced for and shown at the International Conference on Pandemic/Health Management, held in Fatima, Portugal in October 2022, as part of the panel “Mental Health in the Age of Disinformation and Propaganda”.

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