Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Daily Mail And Freedom of Speech

The Daily Mail published this article about a proposed catamaran hospital ship design. It has a shallow draught and flat bottom to allow it to be beached to permit vehicles to drive off, like a landing craft.

I commented along the lines that it was unfortunate that this Italian boat has been designed to be run aground, presumably to enable its Italian captain to disembark first. Topical-ish.

This was received well at first, getting a couple of dozen green arrows, indicating popularity. Then this automated email arrived at 11:35 pm tonight:

"Hello Brian,


We have received a number of complaints about the comment you made on article "Hospital boat designed by Marino Alfani could rescue victims of natural disasters " (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2104254/Hospital-boat-designed-Marino-Alfani-rescue-victims-natural-disasters.html), 21/02/2012 at 06:05

Due to the number of complaints received, your comment has been removed from MailOnline.

Should the situation change, we will review and consider re-publishing. Until such time, your comment will remain off the site. To avoid this happening again, please take the time to review the House Rules and site Terms and Conditions.

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What's the Italian for Finito, Benito? By the way, the number of complaints needed is one. I wonder how this Daily Mail article has escaped the notice of prodnoses eager to uphold its terms and house rules?

Update 22 February 2012.  I received this email this morning:

Dear Brian,


We have reviewed your comment made on "The doctor will sea you now: Hospital boat could rescue victims of natural disasters" (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2104254/Hospital-boat-designed-Marino-Alfani-rescue-victims-natural-disasters.html), 21/02/2012 at 06:05 and exercised our discretion not to re-instate it on MailOnline.

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1 comment:

Thud said...

Naughty boy...consider yourself told!