The Internet, with all its discussion forums, should have been an excellent tool for spreading informaton on corruption and abuse of power in various countries. It turns out, however, that a lot of forums delete posts which point to documentation on illegal acts and abuse of power. These posts need not contain anything which violate forum rules (racism, obscenities, slander etc.). The result is that the readers do not get the chance to read about these conditions and are left with a false belief that Internet forums generally offer an opportunity to spread information that other media will not contribute to spread.
Fampo has collected some examples of Internet forums and other websites that delete posts about abuse of power at www.fampo.no/internet_censorship.html. The list is by no means complete and will be updated as we find new examples.
I recently came across one example from Sweden. On his website, Daniel Hammarberg shares a critical article on the Swedish social care. He starts with informing the readers that this article “was rejected by supposedly free and open news commentary site newsmill.se”. Newsmill was a Swedish website for news comments and debate, which was opened to the public on September 3rd 2008. The website was owned by Bonnier Tidsskrifter until January 2013. In June 2013, Newsmill was ‘closed for summer’ and has since then been closed down.
Sometimes, when I have the chance to use other PCs than the one I use dayly, for example when I visit friends or go to the local library, I see how Fampo’s website looks. And that was what I did yesterday. When I got www.fampo.no on the screen, the latest news was from October 22nd last year. But I knew that I ubdated the website in December. Googling ‘Fampo’, I found that the wesite was indeed updated on December 17th.
This is not an isolated episode. Several people have told that they have been unable to view Fampo’s websites (we also have one in Norwegian). A couple of times, people have been unable to read Fampo’s website on their PC, but when they have talked with us, they may read it. Is both surveillance and sabotage involved? It seems so. Fampo’s leader, Dag Hiåsen, has even been hindered from sending e-mails to a few adresses. Certainly, the Internet is not intended to be used by everyone.
A few days ago, I became aware of an interesting blog exposing corruption in New Zealand – http://laudafinem.com. According to Transparency International, New Zealand is one of the least corrupt countries in the world. I will recommend reading the articles at http://laudafinem.com. My conclusion after reading some of them was that the claim that New Zealand is one of the least corrupt countries in the world, seems to be no more truthful than many of the other placements on Transparency International’s list.
For some more info from New Zealand, one can also read http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10853492
Now Fampo also has a blog, supplementing our website http://www.fampo.no. One reason for starting up a blog is that it gives our readers the possibility to contact Fampo, by posting a comment at this blog.
Wait a minute, some of you might think, Fampo has already got an e-mail address, haven’t they? Yes, but for several reasons I suspect that e-mail to and from the e-mail accounts which I use, are sabotaged. On several occasions, I have sent e-mails to people who I would guess have an interest for the content of the e-mail, but I do not know if they are able to read it. Those who oversee the surveillance of my e-mail, can stop the e-mail from reaching the mail adress to which it was meant to reach. And if it is not a person with whom I have regular contact, I will maybe never know if he/she has read the mail.
This is not wild speculation but a behaviour reasonable to expect. At Fampo’s website. I have collected some testimonies about surveillance and harassment by Norwegian authorities. You find them at www.fampo.no/surveillance.html.
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