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Christopher Luxon is really bad at reading the room, and so it is with his announcement regarding the changes to the Christchurch Call: Jacinda Ardern’s vanity project that seeks to censor and tightly control social media.

New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and French President Emmanuel Macron have announced a new non-governmental organisation, the Christchurch Call Foundation, to coordinate the Christchurch Call’s work to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online.  

Jacinda Ardern will remain part of the initiative, as Patron of the Call.

In her new role as Patron for the Call, Ardern will continue to facilitate dialogue with leaders, and deliver outreach and advocacy to raise the profile of the Call. 

Her role is a voluntary, unpaid position.

On making the announcement, Luxon thanked Ardern for her efforts. “I’d like to thank Dame Jacinda Ardern for her advocacy and leadership of the Christchurch Call, which has curtailed violent extremism online. I wish her and the Christchurch Call well as they evolve in the next phase of their development.” 

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So it’s changed from a government-funded organisation to a NGO, effectively one of the world’s busy-bodies. And Ardern is still sticking her nose in to it, meddling with her authoritarian views.

That’s what people are really upset about: her continued involvement.

Remember her speech to the UN?

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was blasted for comparing free speech online to “weapons of war” in a recent speech to the UN that critics called “authoritarian.”

At the UN General Assembly on Friday, Ardern announced a new initiative “to help improve research and understanding of how a person’s online experiences are curated by automated processes,” saying the work, done in partnership with companies and non-profits, will be “important in understanding more about mis- and disinformation online – A challenge that we must as leaders address.”

The prime minister acknowledged that calling to regulate speech online in any way can seem problematic. 

“As leaders, we are rightly concerned that even the most light-touch approaches to disinformation could be misinterpreted as being hostile to the values of free speech that we value so highly,” she noted. “But while I cannot tell you today what the answer is to this challenge, I can say with complete certainty that we cannot ignore it. To do so poses an equal threat to the norms we all value.”

Ardern then asked the audience how they could tackle various challenges if people are allowed to share opposing narratives online.

“After all, how do you successfully end a war if people are led to believe the reason for its existence is not only legal but noble? How do you tackle climate change if people do not believe it exists? How do you ensure the human rights of others are upheld, when they are subjected to hateful and dangerous rhetoric and ideology?” she asked.

Ardern then suggested that online speech is a weapon often used by those with evil intent. 

“The weapons may be different but the goals of those who perpetuate them is often the same. To cause chaos and reduce the ability of others to defend themselves. To disband communities. To collapse the collective strength of countries who work together,” she claimed.

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This is why this tyrant and control freak should be shown the door and not encouraged with a sinecure position to further her totalitarian fantasies that she brought close to reality in New Zealand.

This is why she is hated in New Zealand, and this shows why Luxon has failed to read the room.

At least we will no longer be paying for it.

New Zealand taxpayer funding for the Christchurch Call will end on June 30, as support functions transfer to the new Secretariat, funded by the new Foundation. The new Secretariat will be up and running under the Foundation from July 1. 

The Christchurch Call Foundation has already attracted pledges from members of the Call Community and philanthropic donors.

The Foundation will help to coordinate and support efforts by civil society, industry, and government to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content, maintain a free, open, and secure global internet, and protect and promote human rights. 

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We should have absolutely nothing to do with the Christchurch Call, or anything it says or does. They are anti-freedom and anti-Semitic to boot.

Guess which country has been refused membership of the Christchurch Call? Go on, guess.

I’ll tell you: it is Israel. That’s right, they applied and were told their membership would be refused and to never apply again.

And what has the Christchurch Call said or done to stop the astonishing rise of hate speech and anti-Semitism against Jews worldwide?

Again I can tell you: absolutely nothing.

While it is good we are no longer funding it, Luxon should wash his globalist hands of the whole thing.


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