Fighting Social Media Censorship While Keeping Indie Journalism Alive
Press Release -- 11/12/2018
After the October 11th, 2018 Facebook and Twitter purge of over 800 activist sites and pages
-- many of which were partner sites with MintPress News
-- we believe our days as an independent journalism organization on authoritarian social media platforms are numbered.
Since 2012, MintPress News has been at the forefront of exposing the dangers of the national security state, the military-industrial complex, and the corporations that have hijacked our democracy and are destroying the planet. We have stood up strong against a media Goliath [the corporate media] that controls over 90% of what we see, hear and read in equipping the American public with pertinent information that holds the establishment accountable.
Our independent, watchdog journalism is creating a shift in consciousness among the millions of readers we’ve been able to reach in the last 6 years, and the very powers that be are taking notice. They realize the impact MintPress is making and are trying to silence us where we reach most of you and where the majority of people are getting their news from: on social media.
The very establishment the media should be holding accountable are working hand in hand with corporate media giants including The Washington Post and Buzzfeed to play thought police and “fake news” spotters that have targeted MintPress on Facebook. To make matters worse NATO funded think tanks like theAtlantic Council has also partnered up with Facebook
to suppress our content, flag our posts as “inappropriate” or “spam” and in many cases censor us under the guise of fighting “fake news”.
Facebook has been flagging several of our articles and our reader’s political comments as spam. It’s only a matter of time before our page and some of our readers end up in Facebook jail, or purged completely. Facebook has also admitted to deleting user accounts at the behest of the U.S. and Israeli governments.
Hopefully we’re wrong, but it feels like our Facebook days are numbered.
And it’s not just Facebook. MintPress articles are even being blocked by Google News in search results. Not only that, but we are consistently being threatened to have our ads cut off by one of our main sources of revenue: Google Adsense, which is flagging several of our investigative pieces as “not appropriate” for advertisers. This article
addressing Obama’s policies as racist is just one example
This has affected our readership and drained our advertising revenue by over 70%. They are doing everything they can to drain our bank accounts and prevent us from reaching our own readers and operate as an organization. As a result, we’ve had to cut staff and restructure our business plan time and time again to be able to function on a very small budget that is stretching us very, very thin. We can no longer rely on ads and are appealing to our readers and supporters to sustain us and help us create better, stronger content.
Our future depends on your support. We need your financial help to not only sustain MintPress’s operation costs but to help us make a comeback against the powers that be who are trying to silence us -- before these social media giants wipe us off the map.
While Facebook, Google, and others ramp up their efforts to make watchdog journalism algorithmically disappear, we’re ramping up our efforts to circumvent corporate censorship and provide our readers with the kind of journalism that empowers we the people.How you can help: Help us raise $25,000 in 60 days
We have an initial first phase fundraising goal of $25,000 to help us sustain some of MintPress News’ operating costs and other journalism projects right here on GoFundMe: 1. An investigative unit led by award winning journalist Max Blumenthal;2. Bring back “Behind The Headline” video series, hosted by me -- Mnar Muhawesh; 3. Series reporting in censored conflict zones like Yemen + more.
We are fighting real “fake news” that is choking up the airwaves produced by the establishment, corporate media, but we can’t win against them in educating the masses without your help.
We're offering our donors special gifts like personalized keychains, stickers, reusable shopping bags, stainless steel water bottles (BPA free) and t-shirts with snazzy messages about peace and government accountability. Restoring the Fourth Estate & Fighting the Real “Fake News”
When I launched MintPress nearly seven years ago, I envisioned an independent watchdog journalism organization that goes deeper than just providing the basics of who, what, when and where, and instead focus more on the “why” and “how”. MintPress has been since working tirelessly to expose who the special interest groups are and explain why and how they are pulling strings behind the scenes to shape policies at home and abroad, including their influence on the ever growing military machine.
MintPress has been tackling issues like war and exploitation not just abroad but what’s taking place right here on our streets from Native reservations to Flint to Baltimore to Charlottesville. These are the kinds of stories the corporate-owned, mainstream media usually sweep under the rug or explain only in terms that benefit powerful, monied interests.
We’ve been at the forefront of exposing the dangers of the national security state, the military-industrial complex, and the corporations that have hijacked our democracy and are destroying the planet. We’ve been highlighting the human costs of war and regime change operations like that in Yemen, Syria, Libya, Sudan and much of the Global South. We’ve been amplifying the voices of those who are usually silenced by the media, like activists for peace and inclusion, government whistleblowers, and third-party presidential candidates who prioritize the needs and interests of people and the environment.
We're filling the much needed void of honest journalism in this world and it is integral to the future of humanity and the planet we live on.
Most recently, MintPress became one of the only journalism organizations that broke the media blackout on the US-Saudi-led genocide in Yemen that has left over 70% of the population starving and brought back a cholera epidemic. Our extensive coverage, which was made possible through the financial support of our readers, has brought the plight of the once silenced Yemeni people to the attention of the international community. Saudi Arabia took notice and named MintPress as an international media threat
disrupting their propaganda machine to justify the war there in a meeting in Jeddah this summer.
This is because MintPress has been covering Yemen since the conflict began in 2015 all the while the corporate mainstream media was promoting regime change coverage to the war in Syria. MintPress broke the school bus bombing story
that left over 50 children dead before the mainstream media picked it up and made it headline news.
Independent coverage like this can force the mainstream media and general public to pay attention, even if briefly. Our coverage created ripples that have had an influence on the attitude of Americans on both Yemen and our relationship with Saudi Arabia. We have the power to influence the overall narrative on Yemen and potentially the outcome of the war but we need your financial help to continue doing so.
It’s not just Yemen. We’re giving a voice and spotlight to the people of the Global South ravaged by economic sanctions, regime change operations, military coups and war imposed by the US military and it’s proxies.
From apartheid Israel’s criminal acts against unarmed Palestinians, to the mines of Congo where children and people are living a colonial nightmare, to the streets of Mexico where a police state runs free to commit massacres against the people, to the neighborhoods in Venezuela where the people are trying to survive against US economic warfare... the list goes on.
This is just some of the coverage we’ve provided our readers with that we believe have made us a target for censorship by the 1%. More about Facebook & Google censorship
MintPress News, and all independent media for that matter, have been censored and harassed like never before by the 1% since the 2016 election. Since then, war funded think tanks including the Atlantic Council, partnered up with the biggest players in information sharing
— Facebook and Google — to exterminate independent, watchdog journalism like MintPress under the guise of fighting “fake news” after Hillary Clinton lost the election to Donald Trump.
The most recent example of social media censorship happened just this month.
On October 9th, Facebook purged over 800 alternative pages and activist accounts, accusing them of spreading spam. However, many of those purged were legitimate watchdog journalism pages including The Anti-Media and The Free Thought Project who were reporting on the ever growing police state, infringement of our rights, and the war machine. Their Twitter accounts were purged within a few hours after Facebook. While MintPress was not purged that day, several of our cartoons posted to Instagram illustrating Israeli apartheid and war crimes were removed without notice.
We are afraid that this is only the beginning in a broader censorship campaign.
We ask for your support so we can expose the very entities working to censor us,Other Ways You Can Help
We understand not everyone can donate, but you may know someone who can. Please share this campaign on your Facebook, Twitter, and other social media networks. You can also become a monthly sustaining member on our website
or through ourPatreon page.
Please also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Minds, Steemit and Instagram, and subscribe to us on YouTube. Because of social media algorithms that limit post reach, we rely on you to like + share + comment (even if one word) to help our coverage reach the masses.
-- Mnar Muhawesh
Founder & Editor in chief,