The Bellingcat phenomenon: how to declare a war against free speech and be awarded for ‘advances in journalism’

Allah's Willing Executioners

At the end of March an American journalist Brenna T. Smith published a controversial article which consisted of revealing the personal data of people who took part in the storming of the US Capitol on January 6.

Some of these people are still trying to raise money for lawyers through crowdfunding, but Brenna swiftly counteracted their move by calling them “extremists”. In theUSA Todayarticle, she called for the banning of such people from crowdfunding platforms, leaving them without any opportunity of raising money in order to hire lawyers and legal representatives.

The main reason the American journalist is behaving this way, is that these people hold views she does not share. They are “right-wing” and “alt-right”, and therefore should be denied the opportunity to get highly qualified and therefore expensive legal council.

Smith’s Twitter bio mentions that she previously worked for Bellingcat. Moreover, Bellingcat founder Eliot Higgins was…

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