An article from VICE News about the “security” crackdown on the Guardian in August 2016 that left reporter Glenn Greenwald and the editor-in-chief of the Guardian newspaper in jail, and the subsequent release of documents by Edward Snowden, led to widespread criticism of media regulation in the US and across the world.
The story in the Guardian, however, was one of an “anti-democratic” media.
A piece by Glenn Greenwald on the crackdown led to a Guardian piece, written by a former Guardian journalist, that was widely read in Britain, France, Germany and Italy.
“The Guardian is not an anti-democratic institution,” the article said.
“We have been at war with an elite, powerful, and self-serving media for decades.”
The Guardian’s article on the “anti-“democratic media policy was published on Wednesday.
“They are in denial about the power they wield.
They are the enemy of the people.
The power they possess is the power to silence,” Greenwald wrote.
“But what they do not know is that the power of the media to silence is precisely what has enabled the media, and people generally, to continue to live in a state of war with the elite.”
“They want to pretend that they are the ‘enemy,’ but they are not,” Greenwald added.
“That’s why they need a lot of media to keep the lie going.”
The article also accused the Guardian of engaging in “a pattern of secrecy and obfuscation,” including the “denial of the existence of this surveillance program, and its effect on journalists.”
The piece, which was first reported by The Guardian, also criticized the Guardian’s “anti–democratic” editorial policies.
The Guardian article was one in a series of articles by the Guardian over the last several years that criticized what it called “the media establishment’s policy of silence.”
The New York Times, for instance, published an editorial titled “We Want to Talk About the NSA.”
The Intercept, a news site that has been critical of the US government, published a piece called “The NSA Is a Big Lie,” in which they highlighted the Guardian article.
In addition to Greenwald, Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian editor, and other Guardian journalists were arrested and charged with crimes including spying for the National Security Agency.
The charges against the journalists are the result of a massive surveillance program codenamed PRISM that has ensnared the entire global communications industry. The “anti—democratic” policies of the paper are not only a violation of journalists’ First Amendment rights, they are also a threat to the survival of democracy in the United States, where “democratic institutions” such as newspapers, news organizations and television networks exist and function in an authoritarian form.
The policy of “anti”-democratic media policies, however controversial it may be, is not the only aspect of media control that Greenwald has attacked.
In October 2016, the British newspaper The Guardian published an article entitled “Why Is the Guardian So Secret?” which accused the paper of “a double standard when it comes to the UK’s media laws, and not simply a case of unfair treatment by the media.”
In an interview with the Guardian shortly after the article was published, Greenwald stated that the British government had tried to “control the press” by limiting access to its newspapers and limiting access “to news that is important to people.”
Greenwald added that the government’s actions were part of a wider attempt to “tear apart the country’s institutions and its democratic institutions.”
Greenwald and others have also criticized a law passed in June 2016 in the UK that would give the British courts the power, on “good cause,” to order the release of information held in foreign countries.
“This law would give an unprecedented power to British judges, which they’ve used before, to make their own laws,” the Guardian reported.
“If we are to have democracy in this country, we must protect our democracy.
We must not allow our media and our government to be the arbiters of our democracy.”