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Heartland Joins Conservative Leaders: Tech Companies Pose Existential Threat, Must Be Broken Up

January 11, 2021

'Free speech was controlled like this in East Germany and the Soviet Union. This should not be happening in America.'

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL (January 11, 2021) -- Media Research Center (MRC) President Brent Bozell, Heartland Institute Vice President Jim Lakely, and more than 30 conservative leaders issued the following statement Monday calling for the breakup of Big Tech companies including Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple after their sweeping acts of censorship against conservatives and President Donald Trump this past week.

“Big Tech has declared war on free speech and is now an existential threat to democracy. The tech tyrants began to systematically shut down the conservative movement over the weekend. This is an all out assault on our republic from within like we've never seen before. We will not stand idly by as they cancel conservatives for daring to speak freely.

Big Tech is using the violent riot at the Capitol last week – even though it was immediately condemned by all conservatives – as an excuse to do what they have always wanted to do: banish conservatives from the internet. Over the last 72 hours, Big Tech proved they are too big and too powerful yet again, with Apple, Google, and Amazon collectively shutting down Parler. Free speech was controlled like this in East Germany and the Soviet Union. This should not be happening in America. 

Freedom has never been threatened like this before. We live our lives online, especially now, during the pandemic. The entire conservative movement will be canceled by the left and their thugs if we let them. They will turn the screws on conservatives if we don’t defend our rights. It is time to stand up and demand the breakup of these big tech monopolies.


Brent Bozell
President & Founder
Media Research Center


Ted Baehr, Th.D., HHD, J.D.
Movieguide(r)
Producer’s Guild of America (PGA) Member


Morton Blackwell
President
Leadership Institute


David Bossie
President
Citizens United


Rachel Bovard
Senior Director of Policy
Conservative Partnership Institute


Brian Brown
President
International Organization for the Family


Floyd Brown
Publisher
The Western Journal


Ed Corrigan
President and CEO
Conservative Partnership Institute


Will Chamberlain
Publisher
Human Events


Mike Davis
President
The Internet Accountability Project


Jim DeMint
Chairman
Conservative Partnership Institute


Elaine Donnelly
President
Center for Military Readiness


Bill Donohue 
President 
Catholic League


Michelle Easton
President
Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women


Steven Ertelt
Editor
LifeNews.com


Joseph Farah
Founder and CEO
WND.com


Mark Fitzgibbons
President of Corporate Affairs
American Target Advertising


Lady Brigitte Gabriel
Founder & Chairman
ACT For America


Becky Gerritson
Executive Director
Eagle Forum of Alabama


Kristan Hawkins
President
Students for Life of America
Students for Life Action


John Hinderaker
President
Center of the American Experiment


David Kupelian
Vice President and Managing Editor
WND.com


Jim Lakely
Vice President & Director of Communications
The Heartland Institute


Thomas Lifson
Editor and Publisher
American Thinker


Richard Manning
President
Americans for Limited Government


James L. Martin
Founder & Chairman
60 Plus Association


Hon. George K Rasley, Jr
Managing Editor
ConservativeHQ.com


Christie-Lee McNally
President
Raven Strategies

 
Gene Mills
President
Louisiana Family Forum


Lori Roman  
President
American Constitutional Rights Union Action Fund 


Terry Schilling
Executive Director
American Principles Project


Jon Schweppe
Director of Policy and Government Affairs
American Principles Project


Kelly Shackelford, Esq.
President, CEO & Chief Counsel
First Liberty


Sharon Slater
President 
Family Watch International


Eunie Smith
President Emeritus
Eagle Forum


John-Henry Westen
Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief
LifeSiteNews.com


Walker Wildmon
VP of Operations
American Family Association

Author
Jim Lakely is the Vice President and Director of Communications of The Heartland Institute.
jlakely@heartland.org @jlakely
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