Censorship almost always starts innocuously. A little decision here or there to eradicate what some perceive as derogatory accusations towards something bigger like national security, a seemingly worthy cause, or the essential nourishment of a vicious autocrat. More often than not, the three things combined. At the drop of a hat, what starts as a little nuisance to ease bad press out becomes the best new thing since sliced bread for a horde of card-bearing democrats.
These card-bearing democrats are extremely dangerous. Most of them are nazis who despise the idea of such a vile ideology while, simultaneously and surreptitiously, embracing it. You see, there are always exceptions that would make you turn a blind eye to a little censorship: a cartoonist drawing Muhammad, a guy claiming that the whole moon landing TV broadcast was staged, a politician accused of child molestation, a comedian poking fun of political correctness, newspapers that hurt the People’s Party, etc.
Correio da Manhã is the most successful and best selling Portuguese newspaper. Socialists, of course, call it a callous source of tabloid journalism, therefor, demeaning the huge amount of readers who actually buy it. Nothing new: they also demean the majority who didn’t vote for them to become government. Correio da Manhã was also the only Portuguese newspaper willing to put out information about the former prime-minister Sócrates, his luxurious life in Paris, his House of Bijan shopping sprees, the grotesquely outstanding discrepancy between his declared earnings and the enormous sums of money of his vanity spendings, you know, the normal thing if you live in a normal country with free press. Then Sócrates got arrested and, well, you’d thought that Justice would take its normal course.
Well, it didn’t. Yesterday, a court order stated that a mass media corporation, Cofina, owner of Correio da Manhã, cannot publish any news regarding the former prime-minister and the investigation that will lead to his accusation (read about it here, in Portuguese).
Socialists claim this is not censorship but they’ve yet to come up with a proper sanctioned name for it. So, for the time being, and while we can, let’s call it what people around the free world call it: censorship.