Sleuths wanted: to solve the mystery of the disappearing media

Information released to the public is disappearing at random. Sometimes it reappears and sometimes it?s gone for good. 

But who is deciding what we should and should not have access to?

In a post written by Lushington D Brady, ?The Morrison government shows its deep yellow streak?, he referred to a missing Stuff article on the Al-Noor mosque. After Lushington’s article was published, a commenter told him that the Stuff article was still there. Lushington checked, and yes, it was back. He then updated his post with a brief explanation that the Stuff article had disappeared but was now back up. Then the Stuff article vanished again! Who did this and why did they do it?

A 2014 Stuff report on Daryl Anthony Jones, the New Zealander who joined ISIS and was killed by a drone, has disappeared altogether.

Is this simply housekeeping, or is there a more sinister reason? Is information in reports being removed from our prying eyes?

The Al-Noor mosque that Jones attended when he was converted to Islam is the same mosque that was attacked over a week ago. The article also mentioned New Zealand Islamic convert Mark Taylor and Australian ISIS recruit Christopher Havard.

Below are excerpts from the 2014 report relevant to the above people and places. Quote.

Jones was killed alongside Australian Christopher Havard, whose parents said he was introduced to radical Islam at the Al-Noor mosque in Christchurch.

Mosque leaders confirmed Havard stayed there and studied in 2011, but denied radical teaching took place.

But a man who attended a converts’ weekend at the mosque 10 years ago said a visiting speaker from Indonesia talked about violent jihad and plenty shared his views. “Most of the men were angry with the moral weakness of New Zealand. I would say they were radical.

Jones’ radicalisation was a gradual process. It appears he listened to controversial speakers on the internet, such as Anwar al-Awlaki, a US citizen taken out by a drone in Yemen in 2011, and mixed with radicals in Sydney.

On Friday afternoons, Muslim converts gather at a drop-in centre in suburban Christchurch to chat and teach anyone who’s interested about Islam.

They have taken names like Abu Hamzah and Abdul Hakeem. One has kept his old name – Nathan Jones. He is the younger brother of Daryl Jones, also known as Muslim bin John, killed by an American drone last year.

Nathan Jones and his friends set up the centre to promote Salafism, a sect which follows strict Islam as practised in Mohammed’s time. Some Salafi followers in Western countries espouse jihad but Jones and his friends denounce violence. Flyers in the window proclaim that “terrorists kill Muslims and non-Muslims indiscriminately”.

Jones, married to an Iraqi woman, declined to comment about his brother or his religious beliefs but his friends said Daryl had followed a “deviant” ideaology. “Orthodox Islam does not teach us to kill innocent people and to blow up trains and strap bombs to ourselves,” said Abu Hamzah. “[Daryl] was following . . . an extremist ideology in the ways of [Osama] bin Laden and we never agreed with that ideology. We speak against it.”

Hamzah said Muslims in New Zealand were peaceful. “I’ve been up and down this country and to every single masjid [mosque] there is, almost, and I have met how many people with this radical idea? Two [Jones and Christopher Havard]. And where are they now? Apparently dead. Nathan’s brother . . . went to Yemen, he was on some deviant ideology, he thought he’d go join a group and got killed by a drone.”

Another convert, Abdul Hakeem Laughton, said “we were advising Saleem [Havard] a long time ago that his ideology was wrong, he didn’t take the advice on board.”

Hamzah said Havard and Jones listened to radical preachers like Anwar al-Awlaki and were “overcome by emotions” over the killing of Muslims. “We feel pain for our Muslim brothers and we ask almighty Lord to change the situation but we do it based on morals and knowledge. If we did it based on emotions we’d probably be there [Yemen] too.? End of quote.

Go to it, super-sleuths, and let us know what you come up with.

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