Thursday, June 2, 2016

Speak & Be Heard, Just Not on Palestine, OK? 2

Further to yesterday's post:

"On 19th May Leanne Mohamad... was chosen from among 19 finalists as the 2015/6 Redbridge Regional Final winner. She was chosen by an independent panel of judges. As a Regional Final winner the speech was posted online. Following vile and hateful comments posted online during this Bank Holiday weekend Speakers Trust removed the video of Leanne's speech. We will not tolerate trolling of young people. As a small charity without the capacity to moderate comments 24 hours a day it was considered essential to protect Leanne by temporarily suspending the regional video until we were able to consult fully with her school and family." (Joint statement from Speakers Trust & the Jack Petchey Foundation, On Leanne Mohamad & Speak Out competition, 31/5/16)

Let me get this straight - Leanne was "protected" from online abusive comments, not by moderating (or simply disallowing) comments, but by removing the video of Leanne's speech...

So it's now Leanne 0, Bullies 1.

Keep on digging, Speakers Trust.

NB: A petition calling for the Jack Petchey Foundation to uncensor Leanne is currently in circulation. Please sign!

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