Flaming torches and pitchforks from Stuff

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We told you the MSM witch hunt was on and over on Stuff they have picked up the pitchforks and flaming torches and have started hammering on Whaleoil’s door. They are hoping that we will start throwing to the baying journalistic mob any commenter that they decide has broken their made-up moral rules about what is acceptable speech and what is not.

They have been beating on Kiwi Blog’s door as well. David Farrar has reacted by telling his commenters to use their real names while posting on his blog if they don’t want their comments caught up for a long period of time in automatic moderation.

This is a mis-step by David as it will allow the journalists to locate and hound his readers. It may even lead to demands for his readers’ private information. It will have a chilling effect on free speech as readers will be too scared to debate and discuss topics as the Stuff thought police and other media will be trolling the comment section.

I want to assure you all that your privacy is very important to us and that we are only concerned with the content of comments, not with who wrote them.

Also we stand by the long term commenter who has been targeted by the Stuff thought police. He has never broken any of our moderation rules and has always commented and interacted in a respectful and friendly way with other commenters. The attack on him is disgusting and is part of a despicable and ongoing witch hunt against conservative websites that we will not tolerate.

We will weather this hysteria because we will not give an inch.

Kia Kaha my friends this hysteria will eventually pass. The political flames of division and hate sown by the terrorist and fanned by the MSM will not divide us. We proudly will continue to stand up for the free speech rights of all New Zealanders.