Glenn Greenwald Quits Intercept, Claiming Censorship on Biden Story

30 Octobre, 2020, 05:49 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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He specified that "The Intercept's editors, in violation of my contractual right of editorial freedom, censored an article I wrote this week, refusing to publish it unless I remove all sections critical of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, the candidate vehemently supported by all New-York-based Intercept editors involved in this effort at suppression".

"That is what makes it so fantastic, that the very outlet that I co-created - that was built on my reputation, my credibility, my journalistic accomplishment - then tried to intervene to censor me six days before an election because I wanted to publish reporting and analysis about the evidence that raises serious questions about the conduct of the candidate that all of the editors at that outlet vehemently and enthusiastically support".

Greenwald's article accuses news outlets of pro-Biden bias in their standoffish coverage of corruption allegations against the former vice-president's son in a recent New York Post story.

In a lengthy resignation letter on Thursday, Greenwald wrote, "The same trends of repression, censorship and ideological homogeneity plaguing the national press generally have engulfed the media outlet I co-founded, culminating in censorship of my own articles".

"But the pathologies, illiberalism and repressive mentality that led to the weird spectacle of my being censored by my own media outlet are ones that are not unique to The Intercept", Greenwald highlighted.

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Greenwald, 53, left The Guardian in 2013 to set up The Intercept with the founder of eBay, Pierre Omidyar.

Later Thursday, Greenwald honored his vow to publish communications between Intercept editors and himself that pertain to the Biden article, "so you can see the censorship in action and, given the Intercept's denials, decide for yourselves", as he wrote in a statement at the beginning of his article about Biden. He believes that anyone who disagrees with him is corrupt, and anyone who presumes to edit his words is a censor.

Greenwald, whose reporting on US government surveillance for The Guardian made him a household name, announced in a blog post on Thursday that he was leaving the Intercept because its editors refused to publish an article he wrote that criticized Biden.

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