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Politicians get 9 year old's blog shutdown, in retaliation for criticism

thej1nx (763573) writes | more than 2 years ago

Censorship 5

thej1nx writes "Fed up of the frequently unhealthy lunches with limited salad options, provided by her School catering service/local council, nine year old Martha Payne from Argyll in Scotland started a cheeky blog, where she posted photos of her daily school meals and rated them. The blog gained quick worldwide attention, gathering over 2 million hits in just 2 months, with school children from around the world sending photos of their own lunches. The resulting public attention on its nutrition lacking food, shamed the local council into changing the skimpy unappetizing meals for healthier ones, after an initial month-long food fight with her.
Yesterday, the council finally retaliated by pulling her out of class and forcing her to shutdown her blog by informing her that she had been banned from taking photographs of the meals, due to the unflattering headlines appearing in the newspapers.
The 9 year old Martha had also started leveraging the blog by asking her followers to donate to a charity called Mary’s Meals that funds school food in Africa, and starting off herself by sending £50 that she got from a magazine that reprinted some of her photos. The effort which had raised £2000 so far, was also thus nipped down in its buds, by the vengeful council."

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Streisand Effect (1)

clickclickdrone (964164) | more than 2 years ago | (#40333615)

This sort of thing is what the Streisand Effect exists for. On radio 4 this morning when they covered the story (the School was quite happy to continue with th eblog and very supportive, it was 100% the council) they noted very sarcastically that despite being asked, the council were unable to come up with any sort of response to the story. Hopefully whoever thought this was a good idea will now be regretting it as all the negative press rolls in. I'm sure Jamie Oliver will want to wade in to this one too, being his pet project de jour.

Re:Streisand Effect (1)

clickclickdrone (964164) | more than 2 years ago | (#40333629)

Curious, when I posted that i got a message saying "This discussion was created for logged-in users only". Never seen that before. New?

Re:Streisand Effect (1)

Big Hairy Ian (1155547) | more than 2 years ago | (#40333779)

Curious, when I posted that i got a message saying "This discussion was created for logged-in users only". Never seen that before. New?

That's because its still in fire hose if it gets promoted to the FP your comments probably won't be attached.

Re:Streisand Effect (1)

clickclickdrone (964164) | more than 2 years ago | (#40333887)

>That's because its still in fire hose
Ah, thanks. I did actually see it on the front page but then it went again so maybe it was promoted/demoted.

Streisand (1)

JamieKitson (757690) | more than 2 years ago | (#40333625)

> The effort which had raised £2000 so far, was also thus nipped down in its buds, by the vengeful council.

Hardly, she's now up to £15k, over twice the original target.

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