TORY MP Michael Gove has said that he “doesn’t believe in Censorship,” and said that it is important that voices who question the Governments handling of Coronavirus are heard after Google-owned YouTube censored and banned talkRADIO’s channel.
The MP for Surrey Heath and Minister for the Cabinet Office said despite critics not agreeing with lockdown and Government policy, they should still be heard.
“I don’t believe in censorship.”
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove tells Julia on talkRADIO that big tech companies should not censor those who question the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic: "It's important their voices are heard."@JuliaHB1 | @michaelgove pic.twitter.com/j2skQCW8he
— talkRADIO (@talkRADIO) January 5, 2021
The former journalist told Julia Hartley Brewer: “I don’t believe in censorship, we have a free and fair press.”
He cited commentators of distinction who criticise the Governments position such as Lord Sumption and the Mail on Sunday’s Peter Hitchens who he said he “respectfully disagrees with” despite their anti-Lockdown views.
The comments came after Google banned the Murdoch-owned statement from YouTube allegedly due to anti-Lockdown commentary.
A spokesperson for talkRADIO told Politicalite: “We urgently await a detailed response from Google/YouTube about the nature of the breach that has led to our channel being removed from its platform.”
“talkRADIO is an Ofcom licensed and regulated broadcaster and has robust editorial controls in place, taking care to balance debate.”
“We regularly interrogate Government data and we have controls in place, use verifiable sources and give space to a careful selection of voices and opinions.”
Google did not respond to requests for comment.