August 24, 2008
Blogger Adrian Sudbury, who blogged publicly about his ongoing battle with leukaemia, has died at the age of 27, the Telegraph reported this weekend:
He began by documenting his experiences on his blog and collected thousands of signatures in an online petition calling on schools and colleges to teach students about the value of donation.
Mr Sudbury, from Sheffield, became ill in November 2006 and was subsequently diagnosed with two distinct types of leukaemia.
The young journalist received a bone marrow transplant and although not successful it bought him valuable time with friends and family.
You can see Adrian’s Blog at baldyblog.freshblogs.co.uk. RIP, Adrian.
Tags: Adrian Sudbury, Cancer, Daily Telegraph, Telegraph
May 30, 2008
“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” — Evelyn Beatrice Hall
Most people value everyone’s right to free speech, and the Internet is arguably a medium where it’s much easier to exercise that right, but every so often questions are raised over how much should be allowed to stand, particularly when an organisation hosts user-generated content.
Recently, The Telegraph — a British broadsheet newspaper — has been spotlighted for hosting a blog written by Richard Bambrook, a prominent member of the the British National Party (BNP) known for their outspoken views on immigrants.
Recently, he posted a blog entry under the heading “Blame the immigrants” in which he proceeded to blame the majority of knife and gun crime on immigrants. “I have had enough of people being afraid to actually say what they really want to say. Yes … it is the immigrants,” he wrote.
A Telegraph spokeswoman defended the newspaper’s decision to host the blog, suggesting they’d had no complaints, adding, “we believe our readers are intelligent and discerning enough to avoid the content they dislike and report that which offends. That doesn’t mean the Telegraph necessarily endorses their opinions nor promotes them.”
The Telegraph launched its My Telegraph community blogging platform last year, and now boasts a 20,000-strong membership. Moderators check for offensive/illegal content.
The fact is that Bambrook hasn’t written anything illegal, and if The Telegraph refuses to publish his comments, he’ll simply publish them somewhere else.
(Via The Guardian)
Tags: Britain, censorship, freedom of speech, media, newspaper, Telegraph