In a story that has virtually been ignored by the global media, UK police arrested an independent journalist for posting "malinformation" and misinformation about Ukraine.
Under the new UK censorship law called the Online Safety Act, the government can order the arrest or detention of anyone said to be "hateful" or judged by fact checkers to be posting "misinformation."
Warren Thornton was literally in the midst of streaming an edition of his podcast The Real Truth on Sept. 24 when Bristol police officers came to his front door and demanded he speak with them.
The Liberal government of Canada is preparing its own version of this legislation that will target "disinformation" on the internet without even defining what disinformation is.
Thornton is a critic of NATO's escalation of the war in Ukraine and has posted several videos about Ukrainian attacks on Russian civilians and the secret existence of biolabs in Ukraine. He was also quick to report how a former Waffen-SS Nazi soldier was allowed to sit in the Canadian House of Commons Gallery during a speech by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Yaroslav Hunka acknowledged plaudits from former House Speaker Anthony Rota and waved as all Members of Parliament rose from their seats and gave the 98-year-old SS veteran a standing ovation.
Thornton had just broadcast news of Canada's international embarrassment when the police arrived.
Thornton was interviewing guest Fiona Ryan when the host just "vanished" about 20 minutes before the program was expected to end, she told The People's Voice. Ryan was conversing with Johnee, who hosts the Café Revolution, a YouTube channel that reports from the front of the Russia-Ukraine War in Donetsk.
Ryan discovered in a WhatsApp exchange that Thornton had been arrested by the police.
At the police station, Thornton said the officers became "flustered" during his interrogation because they were unable to say exactly what video posts led to his arrest, according to The People's Voice. Thornton soon had his lawyer on-scene who 'ripped them to bits'. He added that his lawyer told them to "charge him or release him."
Thornton, after spending a night in jail, was released Monday. The police decided not to charge him.In a post on Rumble, Thornton described his ordeal with police as "jolly interesting" and said he asked if he was being charged with anything except spreading "malinformation." The police said he was not.