Thursday, August 11, 2011
I love British censorship...
So just today I received an e-mail from the BBC. Seems they took exception to a comment I attempted to post on their website, dealing with the current unrest and rioting taking place over there.
Here in brief, was the e-mail I received. Please note that I have not edited or omitted anything. This is just as I received it:
Dear BBC Visitor,
Thank you for contributing to the BBC web site. Unfortunately we've had to remove the content below because it contravened one of our House Rules.
Your comment was considered to have broken the following House Rule:
"We reserve the right to fail comments which...
Break the law or condone or encourage unlawful activity. This includes breach of copyright, defamation and contempt of court."
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BBC Moderation Team.
URL of content (now removed):
Subject: England riots: Clean-up as England riots spread
Posting: I'm from Ontario, Canada. I feel I am witnessing the unravelling of the fiber of British society. In my own personal opinion, the Army should have been called in on the second day. In most 'civilized' societies, looters and arsonists ought to be shot on the spot. Their 'rights' do NOT outweigh those of their victims. Sad to see this. Really, truly sad.
I would have to assume that considering this response, I shouldn't hold my breath for them to post a subsequent comment of mine. This one merely pointed out the reminder that: "In any country, it is NOT the responsibility of the local police to protect anyone. The police are there only to pick up the pieces after things have gone terribly wrong. Self-protection is a right which is not granted by any court or deity. It is an innate response for any living, semi-sentient being. See: Natural Selection."
Nice to know that in this country at least, we can still express (and have published most of the time) views which might not be popular with everyone, or which might be deemed 'controversial'. In retrospect, it is somewhat amusing to see the utter trash and bullshit that the British papers WILL publish, heedless of peoples' actual rights and privacy, so long as they deem it fit for the public's 'entertainment'.
Just don't try to rock the status quo...
Yup... the more I discover, the more I love this country of OURS.