Peter Hitchens writes in support of Graham Phillips, the persecuted Ukraine video bloggerSun 5:10 am Europe/London, 4 Sep 2022 1
I’d like to say a huge thanks to Peter Hitchens (in photo) for this article in my support, which is appearing in the Sunday Mail – September 4th. I’m a journalist, not videoblogger, but that’s just a detail, thanks again to Peter Hitchens, for standing up for me, for standing up for every British citizen.
Text here – “A persecution we’d condemn in Russia When the Government was considering its spiteful, despotic plan to persecute video blogger Graham Phillips, officials plainly advised Ministers that the action would interfere with his human rights – rights which the Government ceaselessly claims to defend. Yet they went ahead. Mr Phillips publishes blogs which defy the largely accepted view about Ukraine. As a result, he has been subjected to severe and damaging sanctions, without any hearing. In an internal memo seen by me, a civil servant points out ‘the proposed imposition of an asset freeze would have a considerable impact on his ability to withdraw funds and access essential personal services in the UK’. They say this will interfere with his Human Rights, ‘including his rights under Article 8 (family life/private life) and Article 1 of Protocol 1 (property rights)’.
It then states ‘there may also be interference with his Article 10 rights to freedom of expression’. I’ll say. It fails to mention that the sanctions rip up his most basic freedoms under Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights, which forbid punishment without a fair trial before an impartial jury. I have now seen some of the Government’s ‘case’ against Mr Phillips, much of which consists of cuttings from The Guardian and The Times. It contains allegations which Mr Phillips would have strongly denied if he had been able to do so in court. He has been punished without trial for expressing views which the state does not like. Isn’t this the sort of thing we condemn in Russia? God bless the free speech campaigner Toby Young who has spoken out against this unBritish abuse.
But where are the other voices?”
There’s little chance for outspoken journalists, when even humble peasants like myself are ghosted on video sharing sites.
Henry Kissinger summed up the reason for this.
“It is not a matter of what is true that counts, but a matter of what is perceived to be true.”
― Henry Kissinger