A few minutes ago, I attempted to post a 2856 character set of comments at http://www.economist.com/node/18719530/comments?sort=desc .
On hitting the POST button, I was greeted with a response – “Your post has triggered the spam filter. Please modify it and try again.”
Comments deleted and author blocked as a spammer. I wonder what the world’s Government and NGO #FreeSpeech organisations will make of this.
@TheNewEconomist asserts this in its online “About US” http://www.economist.com/help/about-us?CFID=171287515&CFTOKEN=84123173#About_The_Economist
About The Economist online
The Economist online offers authoritative insight and opinion on international news, politics, business, finance, science and technology.
Is this one of many misleading and/or deceptive statements that possibly abound on the written and electronic pages of @TheEconomist? Maybe. Let the public judge for itself.
For the record, and for the benefit of UK Press Council and other GO and NGO freepress organisations in the six countries where @TheEconomist Magazine is printed and published every Thursday, the following are the comments that were “BLOCKED AS SPAM” by @TheEconomist today.
My previous blog post is a reposting of my original comments on @TheEconomist article, which were binned after a 12 hour posting. Irrelevant, Irreverant, Spam? Let the public judge for itself.
“Your post has triggered the spam filter. Please modify it and try again.” … [http://www.economist.com/node/18719530/comments?sort=desc ]
MYUNDERSTANDING (whose comments currently appear as #11 in the list of “oldest first” below) is absolutely right in saying that John Grimond and @TheEconomist are “ignoring the life at Australia and looking at only glitters…”
So many of those racist attacks on Indian uni students (working as taxi drivers or at fast food outlets) took place in my Federal Electorate of Lalor (Bequeathed to our Prime Minister #JuliaGillardMHR, whose every political action, her very political foundation stones, are an “illegal act” – more in a long line of political swindles.
I am surprised that MYUNDERSTANDING’s expressions of free speech have not yet been censored by John Grimond or @TheEconomist’s moderator. After all, how relevant is a real comment on the reality of life in Australia, how relevant is an expression of #freespeech, to a British Magazine like @TheEconomist, or a despotic ex-British colony like Australia, that both disallow expressions of #freespeech.
[Are we in the west nations of Winstons beholden to Orwellilan BigBrother Utopias of political and media power absolutisms and 1984 dominations of the masses?]
EXHIBIT A: My tweet of #FreeSpeech this morning, in defiance of acts of political censorship by @TheEconomist yesterday:
EXHIBIT B: My tweet of #FreeSpeech yesterday evening, reposting in the public domain my comments of May 27, 2011 on John Grimond’s / @TheEconomists taffy piece on Australia, which appeared briefly (as comment #4) before they, and more, were deleted by @TheEconomist:
Even if MYUNDERSTANDING, Professor Niall Ferguson, Professor Peter Botsman, Emeritus Professor Donald Horne, George Orwell (aka Edward Arthur Blunt), (@Guardian’s) Steven Poole, Ned Kelly, Matthew Brady, Peter Lalor, Julian Assange, and I wrote and spoke nothing but idiocies and stupidities, surely any person who claims to believe in democracy and therefore freespeech should, as Voltaire said, say “I don’t agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your rights to say them.”
Well not at @TheEconomist it seems, judging by @TheEconomist’s moderators’ judgements of what comments are “allowed in respect of this piece on Australia, it seems that things that may be going on in Siberia, Mongolia and China has more relevant to the topic of what is really going on in Australia, than what real Australians report is really going on inside Australia.
If these comments even get posted by @TheEconomist, I predict that they will once again be @TheEconomist-destructed, #FreeSpeech snuffed out, within 12 hours (again).
As Edward “Ned” Kelly might have said in his famous Jerilderie Letter or on the gallows of Melbourne Gaol before he was hung (his skull taken by the Governmen and even today, 130 years later, never returned to his descendants) – “Such is Life” / “Such is Media”.
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