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LEE Hsien Loong

Nascido em 10 de fevereiro de 1952



Primeiro ministro de Cingapura desde 12 de agosto de 2004 

Predador desde que assumiu o cargo

 

 Cingapura, 160o/180 no Ranking Mundial da Liberdade de Imprensa 2021



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Dear [Name of Candidate],

I am writing to ask you what you plan to do to defend the First Amendment, freedom of the press, and the fundamental rights of journalists to practice their profession freely in what has become an increasingly hostile environment for information and news providers.

The United States, which enshrines press freedom in the First Amendment of its Constitution, is currently witnessing a drastic decline in media freedom. On June 28, one of the most horrific attacks on press freedom in the United States occurred when five employees, including four reporters, were killed at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland. According to the US Press Freedom Tracker, which comprehensively documents press freedom violations in the US committed by national, state, and local authorities as well as private individuals, 33 journalists were arrested, 43 were physically attacked, and 15 seizures of journalists’ equipment occurred in 2017. In one of these incidents, Rep. Greg Gianforte physically assaulted a Guardian journalist the night before his state’s election. While covering the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, journalists were impersonated on social media, impeding their ability to accurately investigate the facts and disseminate information which could be vital to preventing a similar tragedy. This hostility towards the press not only risks compromising the American public’s right to be informed through journalists’ reporting, but can also degrade the public’s trust in the media itself.

This is not a partisan issue; it is a fundamental right that impacts every American no matter their politics. Journalism is at the crux of our democracy, and communities everywhere rely on journalists to provide them with information that is essential to their daily decision-making processes. It was local investigative journalist Curt Guyette who broke the story about Flint, Michigan’s lack of access to clean water in 2014, prompting years of class-action lawsuits, protests, and subsequent federal assistance to the city in order to try to resolve the crisis. Reporters Megan Twohey, Jodi Kantor, and Ronan Farrow publicized sexual assault allegations against influential Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in 2017, leading to the ubiquitous and powerful #MeToo movement which brought decades of sexual abuse and harassment across multiple industries to light.

Yet freedom of the press in the US is currently in dire need of congressional support. It is our civic duty as one of the world’s leading democracies to uphold principles that support and protect the rights of journalists so that they may hold those in power accountable and ensure an informed and engaged community.

If you are elected, what do you plan to do to protect this utterly essential component of our democracy? What are your plans to protect the public’s right to be informed through a free and independent press?

Sincerely,
[Your name]
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Hello, my name is _______ and I am from [city, state].

I’m calling to let you know that [candidate/representative]'s stance on freedom of the press is extremely important in my decision to vote. I feel that this is not a partisan issue, but a fundamental right that impacts every American no matter their politics.

I have become increasingly concerned with the growing climate of hostility for journalists in this country, and I would like for [candidate/representative] to publicly address what they will do to defend press freedom if [he/she] is elected.

Thank you.
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Freedom of the press is suffering in the US. @[yourcandidate] if you are elected to serve in Congress, what are your plans to protect journalists and our right to be informed? Will you #DefendPressFreedom?

Democracy depends on a free and independent press and its ability to hold those in power accountable. [@yourcandidate] will you take measures to protect journalism and the First Amendment? Will you #DefendPressFreedom?

In June, four reporters were murdered in an appalling targeted attack on the Capital Gazette and freedom of the press. [@yourcandidate] what will you do to address the growing threat to journalists in this country? #DefendPressFreedom

Press freedom is in steady decline in the US. I want my representative to defend the work of journalists as well as my right to be informed. [@yourcandidate] if you are elected what will you do to protect a free press? #DefendPressFreedom
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Journalists play a crucial role in our democracy by keeping us informed and holding those in power accountable. And yet in the US, attacks on journalists are becoming more common, undermining the media's role and creating opportunities for government overreach, the erosion of press freedom, and impeding our right to be informed. I’m contacting my candidates and encouraging them to defend press freedom during their midterm election campaign. Join me at DefendPressFreedom.com

A free press is essential to our democracy. Communities everywhere rely on journalists to report on our government’s actions and hold public figures accountable, providing us with the information we need to make decisions every day. And yet physical, verbal, and online attacks against journalists in the US are increasing at an astonishing rate. I’m contacting my candidates and encouraging them to defend press freedom during their midterm election campaign. You should too. Read more at DefendPressFreedom.com

Press freedom is declining in the US at an alarming rate. Physical, verbal, and online attacks against journalists have increased drastically in the last two years. As the US midterm elections approach, we must remind our congressional candidates that journalists play a crucial role in our democracy by keeping us informed and holding those in power accountable. I’m contacting my representatives and encouraging them to defend press freedom during their midterm election campaign. Join in and help me spread the word at DefendPressFreedom.com

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    MODO DE PREDAÇÃO: autocensura e mordaças sistemáticas



    Filho do primeiro-ministro Lee Kuan Yew, fundador da cidade-Estado de Cingapura, Lee Hsien Loong perpetuou o regime de partido único herdado de seu pai e sua doutrina de "ditadura benevolente": “Durma em paz brava gente, seu governo se encarrega de pensar por vocês.” Nesse sistema, a liberdade de imprensa não tem lugar. E, para mantê-lo, Lee Hsien Loong desenvolveu um aparato de controle de informações implacável. Sua primeira arma é “preventiva”: dois grandes grupos controlam todos os meios de comunicação de Cingapura - e é o governo de Lee Hsien Loong que nomeia diretamente seus dirigentes. Assim, a autocensura é a regra sempre que são abordados temas que podem incomodá-lo. Uma segunda arma é colocada em prática a posteriori: a temível Autoridade de Desenvolvimento da Mídia (MDA), controlada pelo governo, pode censurar qualquer conteúdo jornalístico e ordenar o fechamento de veículos de imprensa de maneira totalmente arbitrária. Por sua vez, Lee Hsien Loong está, ele próprio, habituado a recorrer à prática da mordaça: por meio de denúncias de difamação, seus exércitos de advogados reivindicam somas astronômicas de jornalistas e blogueiros que o desagradam, levando a um assédio judicial extremamente penoso. Finalmente, com sua "lei contra fake news", que entrou em vigor em novembro de 2019, o governo de Lee Hsien Loong aperfeiçoou sua parafernália repressiva ao se atribuir o direito, com toda a modéstia, de decidir quais informações são “verdadeiras” ou “falsas”.   


    ALVOS PREFERIDOS: David contra Golias



    Uma vez que toda a imprensa escrita, no rádio, na TV e online deve sistematicamente se encaixar nos moldes do discurso oficial, apenas poucos sites de notícia e blogs tentam, com dificuldade, oferecer informações confiáveis e independentes aos cingapurianos. Seus diretores são regularmente vítimas de processos de silenciamento iniciados pelo próprio Lee Hsien Loong. Em maio de 2021, o blogueiro Leong Sze Hian teve que lançar uma campanha de crowdfunding para pagar ao primeiro-ministro a quantia astronômica de quase 165 mil euros, tudo porque simplesmente havia compartilhado no Facebook um artigo evocando fatos de corrupção. O administrador do site The Online Citizen, Terry Xu, foi, por sua vez, obrigado a passar as noites estudando o código de processo penal do direito cingapuriano, por falta de recursos necessários para enfrentar as queixas apresentadas por Lee Hsien Loong contra ele.


    DISCURSO OFICIAL: esmagar as “formigas”


    “Aprendemos a conviver com essas picadas de formiga” (6 de outubro de 2020, a respeito de uma queixa contra um blogueiro de quem Lee Hsien Loong exigia 80 mil euros).