By Dr Gideon Polya
04 April, 2015
Free speech has been trashed in jingoistic, pro-war ,
To better understand this latest trashing of free speech in
The British invaded
White Australia did not confine its genocidal excesses to Indigenous Australians and has invaded 85 countries (as compared to the UK 193, France 80, the US 70 and Apartheid Israel 12), with these invasions being associated with 30 genocidal atrocities and with White Australia typically acting as a UK lackey of the British Empire pre-WW2 or as a US lackey of the American Empire after 1941. However Australia's secret genocide history (except for the Aboriginal Genocide which is subject to extraordinary denial) is completely ignored by Mainstream Australian politicians, media and academic historians, most notably by the recently published “The Cambridge History of Australia” [6-9]. Qualitatively,
Months of Anglo-French bombardment of the Dardanelles (linking the Black Sea and the
The actual Allied land invasion of the Dardanelles passage region at the Gallipoli Peninsular (on the northern or European side of the
Anzac Day has been commemorated as
SBS sports journalist Scott McIntyre was sacked by SBS over making 5 truthful tweets on Anzac Day 2015 (the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC invasion of
Below are the 5 truth-telling, pro-humanity tweets of Scott McIntyre (see Scott McIntyre @mcintinhos ) over which Scott McIntyre was sacked, with the documented historical veracity of his assertions in parentheses:
1. “Innocent children, on the way to school, murdered. Their shadows seared into the concrete of
2. “Not forgetting that the largest single-day terrorist attacks in history were committed by this nation & their allies in Hiroshima & Nagasaki” (true; up to 250,000 mostly civilians – women, children and the elderly – were killed in the nuclear terrorist nuclear holocausts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that, like the conventional holocaust of Dresden, were clearly aimed as a warning about US power to the newly victorious Soviet Union ;
3. “Remembering the summary execution, widespread rape and theft committed by these ‘brave' Anzacs in Egypt, Palestine and Japan” (true; Australian servicemen were involved in the Surafend Massacre of over 100 Palestinian villagers in 1918 [17, 18]; killing 800 pro-democracy Egyptian demonstrators in 1918, violence, arson and very likely rape in WW1 Egypt ; shooting Japanese prisoners and raping Japanese women ; and through withholding food from its huge wartime grain stores Australia was involved in the WW2 Bengali Holocaust in which 6-7 million Indians were deliberately starved to death for strategic reasons and in which hundreds of thousands of starving Bengali women and girls were subject to civilian sexual abuse and military sexual abuse via the Military Labor Corps and on scale comparable with the “comfort women” abuses of the Japanese military [9-11, 21].
4. “Wonder if the poorly-read, largely white, nationalist drinkers and gamblers pause today to consider the horror that all mankind suffered” (true; for the immediate Gallipoli invasion consequence, the Armenian genocide involving 1.5 million killed, and the subsequent genocidal horrors in the Muslim world and elsewhere to this day see “Muslim Holocaust Muslim Genocide  and related accounts [23-25]; about 50% of Australians are functionally illiterate and innumerate  and Anzac Day is associated with drinking beer and gambling via the “two up” coin-tossing game . Indeed A controversial Australian advertising campaign by Australia's largest brewery used the Australian Governor General, former Vietnam veteran and former head of Australian defence forces, General Peter Cosgrove, saying “raise a glass” of beer to serving personnel and veterans (the brewer made large donations to veterans causes). One notes that 80,000 Australians die preventably each year and of these 5,600 Australians die alcohol-related deaths annually . Yet Australia has committed to a presently $125 billion long-term accrual cost to Australia of the Zionist-promoted US War on Terror (10 million Muslims killed by violence or by war-imposed deprivation versus 1 million Australians dying preventably since the US Government's 9-11 false flag operation  and despite only 1 Australian having ever been killed in Australia by a Muslim-origin non-state terrorist – an extraordinary fiscal perversion of spending billions of dollars on killing Muslims abroad instead of keeping Australians alive at home .).
5. “The cultification of an imperialist invasion of a foreign nation that Australia had no quarrel with is against all ideals of modern society” (true; mostly as a UK lackey or US lackey Australia has invaded 85 countries (as compared to Britain 193, France 80, the US 70 and Apartheid Israel 12) with 30 of these interventions associated with genocidal atrocities that are whitewashed by Mainstream media, politicians and academics [6-8].
SBS demanded retraction and an apology and sacked Scott McIntyre for refusing. Anonymous bloggers spewed hatred and abuse and the bottom-of the-barrel Murdoch media (that has about 70% of newspaper readership in Murdochracy, Lobbyocracy and Corporatocracy
Unfortunately other public figures have commented in a similar vein to the effect that McIntyre ‘s comments were offensive and may have breached the Code of Conduct of his employer, SBS. Thus, for example:
Dr Carolyn Holbrook (an academic in the Arts Faculty at Monash University and the author of “Anzac: The Unauthorised Biography””: “a lot of people who go and commemorate and all these people, tens of thousands of people, who turned up on Anzac Day, you can't insult them by just putting them under the banner of poorly read and boozers and gamblers… this bloke had 30,000 Twitter followers. 30,000 Twitter followers by virtue of the fact he was an SBS sports journalist. He could have perhaps made those tweets in a private capacity or he could have abided by SBS policy when he was told to remove the tweets. Apparently the reason he was sacked is because he didn't abide by the policy and remove the tweets and so that would be my first reaction: the timing and the sentiment and then going against his workplace laws” .
Coalition Senator Arthur Sinodinos (he resigned in 2014 as Assistant Treasurer due to an investigation by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption): “Malcolm [Turnbull] did ring or talk to Michael Ebeidc, the managing director of SBS, to bring to his attention that he had received representations about this and that this matter was blowing up in the Twittersphere. He left it with Ebeidc and then it became a matter of judgment for the SBS management as to what to do in those circumstances. Malcolm did not suggest that the bloke be sacked but he did bring it to his attention” .
Tanya Plibersek (Deputy Labor Opposition Leader): “Well, I certainly don't think his comments were appropriate. I think it is for the SBS management to decide whether he has breached any workplace policies. I mean, I'm glad we live in a country where he can say it and nobody is going to knock on the door in the middle of the night. Whether he has borne too high a price, I think that's for other people to judge” .
Tim Fischer (former National Party Deputy PM): “Can I say it's offensive to the thousands - hundreds of thousands that turned out at dawn services all around Australia to be loosely ascribed indirectly in these tweets as being gamblers, boozers and the like… So let's not have half a million dollars of litigation over this matter. He, I think, did breach his contract. He has been dealt with” .
Particularly disturbing were comments by Human Rights advocates who should be unequivocally supporting freedom of speech e.g. Tom Porteous (Deputy Program Director at Human Rights Watch based in
Tim Wilson (right wing Australian Human Rights Commissioner writing in the right-wing, Murdoch-owned “The Australian” newspaper): “Accountability is essential to ensure free speech is exercised with respect for others. On Sunday morning, SBS sacked its sports commentator, Scott McIntyre, for tweeting offensive statements about Anzacs and
However some prominent people have spoken out for freedom of speech and Scott McIntyre:
Greg Barnes (a barrister and national president of the Australian Lawyers Alliance) defended free speech and attacked Tim Wilson: “Mr Wilson is wrong about the need for SBS having to take action. He is placing the right to freedom of speech below the "right" of an employer to sack or otherwise discipline an individual who has exercised what should be a fundamental human right, subject to laws concerning hate speech and discrimination (and there appears to be no suggestion that Mr McIntyre has breached any such laws.) While it might not suit SBS, or any employer, for their employees to have views about issues that will provoke controversy, it is important that the culture of corporate obsession with "brand reputation" is not allowed to undermine a fundamental freedom such as the right to freedom of speech” .
John Pilger (an outstanding an Australian-British journalist based in
The Media Arts and Entertainment Alliance (MEAA, the Australian union for journalists) has stated: “Increasingly, media employees are being required to use social media platforms to promote their work and those accounts are then being used as a marketing tool benefiting media employers. The policies have begun to infringe on the private lives of media professionals, dictating what they can and can't say in a private capacity, outside of their work. MEAA believes that employers must recognise that their employees are entitled to a private life, with their own beliefs and opinions; opinions that should be able to be expressed without heavy-handed retribution by the employer. Striking a balance between engaging in debate and freedom of expression requires social media policies to be nuanced. What MEAA is finding is that social media policies of employers are inflexible and deny staff the right to have and express a personal opinion” .
The New South Wales Council for Civil Liberties (NSWCCL) stated: “NSWCCL is extremely concerned by SBS's decision to sack journalist Scott McIntyre for a series of tweets on Saturday critical of the ANZAC tradition. We are deeply committed to defending free speech in its varied - and sometimes offensive - forms as a central value of a progressive and enlightened society. Equally troubling has been the reaction to the McIntyre incident from certain sections of the political establishment. McIntyre's sacking should be understood as a free speech issue, and not merely as a breach of a vague social media policy in an employment contract. We note the concerns of the MEAA regarding the increasing pressure placed on journalists to at once build a personal ‘brand' on social media, and to suppress aspects of their private life, including political views, that their employer may find objectionable. The pressure on media professionals - indeed, many modern professionals - to limit expression of their personal views on social media as a requirement of their employment amounts to a demand for self-censorship that should be roundly rejected” .
Geoff Lemon (writing in The Guardian Australia): “Opprobrium didn't pour down on McIntyre out of respect for historical veracity. It was because he'd disturbed a broadly accepted idea of sanctity on a day that has been secularly consecrated. Without a whole lot to believe in, many of us have deemed Anzac Day holy. It gives us a sense of belonging and meaning. McIntyre breached the general public accord: not in saying hateful things about people who might suffer as a consequence, but in how we collectively view ourselves and our past. As much as I think his comments were factually flawed and deliberately designed to inflame, nothing says that I should then send him messages of rage and hate, or that he doesn't deserve to have a job that is in no way related to those opinions”.
I have very little voice in
It seems possible that Scott McIntyre might have been one of only a small number of decent, courageous, truth-telling, and ethical journalist in SBS - this hypothesis being supported by the apparent absence of any support for Scott McIntyre and his right to free speech from his colleagues within SBS - but SBS has now sacked him over his truth-telling.
Indeed, in addition to this egregious censorship, SBS, like other Australian Mainstream media, has an appalling record of (a) lying by commission (false reportage) and (b) lying by omission. False reportage by SBS is exampled by the following letter I sent to the Australia Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) in 2013: “ ACCC [address], Dear Sir/Madam, On Thursday 7 November 2013, SBS TV carried an advertisement from fossil fuel corporation Chevron that incorrectly and misleadingly stated "Natural gas is the cleanest conventional fuel there is". BP, Shell, the Australian Government and the ABC have made similar incorrect and misleading claims. Methane (CH4), a major constituent of natural gas, leaks and has a global warming potential 105 times greater than that of carbon dioxide (CO2) on a 20 year time frame and taking aerosol impacts into account. At 2.6% leakage the greenhouse gas (GHG) effect of the leaked CH4 is the same as the GHG effect from burning the remaining 97.4% of the CH4 to yield CO2. Depending upon the systemic leakage (2-8% in the
Appalling lying by omission by SBS is exampled by its selective reportage of only 4 genocides, namely (deaths in parentheses) the Armenian Genocide (1.5 million), the WW2 Jewish Genocide (5-6 million), the Cambodian Genocide (1.5 million) and the Rwandan Genocide (1 million), noting that none of these genocides directly involved the British Empire or the US Alliance. Noting that a “holocaust” involves deaths of huge numbers of people, and that “genocide” is defined by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention as “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group”, searches of the SBS News for the terms “Bengali Holocaust” , “Bengal Famine”, “Bengali Famine”, “Indian Holocaust” and “Indian Genocide” reveal zero (0) SBS reportage of the WW2 Bengali Holocaust in which the British with Australian complicity deliberately starved 6-7 million Indians to death for strategic reasons .
Indeed, as revealed on the website “Censorship by SBS (Australia)” , searches of the SBS News also yield zero (0) results for scores of other genocidal atrocities, with many involving the UK or US, e.g. (with dates and deaths from violence or imposed deprivation in parentheses) “Chinese Genocide” (40 million, 1937-1945), “Russian Genocide” (20 million, 1941-1945), “Iraqi Genocide” (9 million, 1914-present), “German Genocide” (8 million, 1941-1950), “Afghan Genocide” (6 million, 2001-present), “Australian Aboriginal Genocide” (2 million, 1788 to present ), “Palestinian Genocide” (1936 to present), and “Somali Genocide” (1992 to present). The genocide-ignoring SBS has managed to totally ignore about 90 such genocide and holocaust terms relating to atrocities of the 20th and 21st centuries, and now has sacked one of its few decent journalists, Scott McIntyre, for merely alluding to the downside of war on Anzac Day. Genocide ignoring and holocaust ignoring are far, far worse than repugnant genocide denial and holocaust denial because the latter can at least admit the possibility of debate .
Constraints on free speech in
Like other Mainstream media in Neocon American and Zionist Imperialist (NAZI)-perverted and subverted Western Murdochracies, Lobbyocracies and Corporatocracies, SBS censors and lies by commission and lies by omission  (for links to sites recording Mainstream media censorship in the English-speaking world see ) . SBS reports on the WW2 Jewish Genocide, the Cambodian Genocide, the Rwandan Genocide and the Armenian Genocide but utterly ignores scores of other genocidal atrocities of the last 2 centuries. One notes that SBS TV reportage is vastly better than that of the deeply ethically-compromised ABC (
Now the genocide-ignoring SBS has trashed free speech in
Free speech is vital for scholarship, democracy and for rational risk management that is crucial for societal safety . Decent people must speak up for free speech, inform everyone they can, and urge and apply Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against all those people and organizations involved in censorship, lying by omission, lying by commission and attacks on free speech.
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. MEAA quoted by Myriam Robert, “Turnbull dobbed in sacked reporters over Anzac tweets”, Crikey, 27 April 2015: http://www.crikey.com.au/2015/04/27/turnbull-dobbed-in-sacked-sbs-reporter-over-anzac-tweets/?wpmp_tp=1 .
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. Geoff Lemon, “On Scott McIntyre: the greatest insult is to whitewash the fallen”, The Guardian Australia, 27 April 2015: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/27/on-scott-mcintyre-the-greatest-insult-is-to-whitewash-the-fallen .
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. Gideon Polya, “Terror Hysteria - Draconian New Australian Anti-Terrorism Laws Target Journalists, Muslims And Human Rights”, Countercurrents, 8 October, 2014: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya0810114.htm .
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Dr Gideon Polya has been teaching science students at a major Australian university for 4 decades. He published some 130 works in a 5 decade scientific career, most recently a huge pharmacological reference text "Biochemical Targets of Plant Bioactive Compounds" (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis,
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