Shut down the Ministry of Truth

Shut down the Ministry of Truth

Started
28 January 2023
Signatures: 32,693Next Goal: 35,000
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Why this petition matters

Started by Mark Johnson

My name’s Mark and I’m a human rights campaigner. I’ve just found out I was included in a government Mis/Disinformation Report for sharing a petition from the official Parliamentary petitions website

And it’s clear that I’m not the only one.

Big Brother Watch research has found that secretive government units have been monitoring and recording criticism of the Government on social media. Politicians, academics, campaigners, journalists and even members of the public have been subjected to monitoring by Whitehall officials, and an “information warfare machine” in the British Army. Worryingly, many of these units have a special relationship with social media companies which gives them powers to force the censorship of online speech. The government’s Counter Disinformation Unit censors and monitors dissent, not disinformation, without due process or transparency. It should be shut down.

The Counter Disinformation Unit has overstepped the mark. Whilst the public think they’re fighting disinformation from hostile foreign states, Big Brother Watch’s investigation reveals that they’re acting just like those authoritarian states by monitoring campaigners, experts, journalists and MPs who post unflattering information about them. Monitoring critics and suppressing dissent only harms our democracy.

Government units are working in the shadows to keep tabs on people like you and me.

Join me in standing up for the rights to freedom of speech and privacy in the UK and demand that the government stop spying on us.

 

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Signatures: 32,693Next Goal: 35,000
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