Freedom is never lost overnight… it happens a little bit at a time.
London has been on a slow creep towards government censorship, the latest incident involving advertisements on public transportation.
Sadiq Khan, London’s first Muslim mayor, announced Monday that “body shaming” advertisements will no longer be allowed in London’s public transport.
“As the father of two teenage girls, I am extremely concerned about this kind of advertising which can demean people, particularly women, and make them ashamed of their bodies. It is high time it came to an end,” Khan said.
The mayor added, “Nobody should feel pressurised, while they travel on the Tube or bus, into unrealistic expectations surrounding their bodies and I want to send a clear message to the advertising industry about this.”
It shouldn’t be the government’s job to “send a message” to the advertising industry. Not only is censorship an abuse of power, but the ban itself is very vague and subjective. It sets a dangerous precedent that the government gets to control the flow of information in a society. There’s a word for that- it’s called propaganda.
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) June 13, 2016
The only thing Mayor Sadiq strengthened is his stranglehold around free speech.