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Sunday, March 05, 2006

World Weary Detective

On Friday 3rd March 2006, the Management Board of the Metropolitan Police Service issued the following statement to all members of staff:

'Recently the organisation has become aware of a series of web-logs or blogs - where authors - claiming to be police officers - have offered their views on a number of issues in a highly personalised, often controversial manner.'

This statement is followed by 'guidance' on writing blogs. In summary, this states that although 'blogging' cannot be stopped, the 'impact of expressing views and opinions that are damaging to the organisation or bring the organisation into disrepute' must be considered. Disciplinary proceedings may be considered against posters of material that may be (among other things) defamatory, offensive or otherwise inappropriate.

I have committed no crime. I have compromised no police operations. I have received no payment for anything published on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own.

It is therefore with deep regret and great sadness that I must announce that I will no longer be submitting posts to this blog. I cannot challenge New Scotland Yard. I am weary indeed and cowardice is my bedmate. The protection of my family must take precedence.

To each and every one of you - take note of what has happened here and be afraid.

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever. - George Orwell


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Blogger DA said...

This is a difficult subject. Autonomy must prevail but on the other hand..

Arhh, no other hand..


Sunday, 05 March, 2006  
Blogger Granny said...

Right on Dimitri. Not too different here unfortumately.

Example - the nurse whose computer was confiscated. It's on isamericaburning somewhere down in the posts.

She was charged under our Sedition Act.

Sunday, 05 March, 2006  
Blogger Kristi said...

Blogging is a fine line it seems. It can be a personal journal. A soupbox. Advertisement....
in the end its our own personal opinions.
Then suddenly there are certain people that put the kibosch on it.
It sucks when the only forms of socializing or venting suddenly is forced to a stop.
Where can anyone express themselves?

Monday, 06 March, 2006  
Blogger Cocaine Jesus said...

for me blogging is both an artform and a valuable paltofrm for the voice of ourage and concern to be heard.
it sits outside (at the moment) the censors view which, in my opinion can only be a good thing.
orwell was right and that excellent quote of his is right on the mark.

Monday, 06 March, 2006  
Blogger Eric Mutta said...

Where are today's great philosophers and thinking minds? They should be tasked to this problem (the problem being: finding the thin line between freedom of speech and irresponsible speech).

Monday, 06 March, 2006  
Blogger Davo said...

The same thing happened to
The Policeman's Blog some time ago, he closed the whole thing down for a while, but now notice that he's back and posting.

Monday, 06 March, 2006  
Blogger The World Weary Detective said...

I'm back too! Please come and visit!

Monday, 07 June, 2010  

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