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British MPs question government funding for disinformation ratings agency

Summarised by Centrist

British MPs are questioning government funding for the Global Disinformation Index (GDI), which creates a ‘blocklist’ of publications with lawful conservative or ‘gender critical’ content.  According to Frederick Attenborough of the Free Speech Union UK: 

“The GDI’s aim is to discredit news organisations that it doesn’t like, and to reduce their ad revenue as a means to shut them down.

GDI’s funding sources include taxpayers’ money and support from entities like George Soros’ Open Society Foundation. 

Attenborough writes: 

“A government source said that any moves to stifle debate about the hotly contested topic of transgender rights was worrying: ‘As the Cass Review has shown, shutting down gender-critical beliefs can have terrible consequences in the real world. In the wake of Cass, we need to do more to ensure public money is not spent on dubious bodies looking to silence those prepared to tell the truth.

“That’s good news, obviously,” writes Attenborough, “But it is troubling that some government officials continue to regard the GDI as a good actor within the burgeoning ‘Safer Tech’ sector, given the ease with which the outfit is now equating gender critical belief with ‘disinformation.’”

American politicians have also raised similar concerns, leading to the loss of funding for the GDI from the U.S. National Endowment for Democracy. 

Read more over at The European Conservative

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