Today we’re taking exploring the phenomenon of censorship in New Zealand forums.
E2NZ.org doesn’t make a habit of reading emigration pimp sites and we rely on our readers to tell us about NZ censorship in forums which discuss emigration or life in New Zealand. For example, the thread mentioned in https://e2nz.org/migrant-stories/chapter-2/we-chose-to-go-with-new-zealand-big-mistake/#comment-187747 which was closed for further discussion today.
Censorship can take many forms and may not always be evident to the unaware because of its subtlety. It ranges from moderators imposing their own ideology, to encouraging positive comments and criticizing negatives. It can also encompass indirect moderation though permitting rat-packing of dissenters (i.e. not issuing infractions for ad hominem attacks, in direct contravention of their own site rules). In others words ‘free speech’ (aka hate speech) and personal attacks are tolerated, dissing NZ isn’t.
Ad Hominem attacks permitted
HT to Assumptive for the following examples of tolerated ad hominem attacks which appeared on the thread linked to above on Britishexpats.com. (A quick reminder of the site’s rules – Challenge others’ points of view and opinions, but do so respectfully and thoughtfully … without insult or personal attack).
“point put in a very general, sweeping and abrasive way. Being a happy migrant is more down to you and your attitude than the problems in the country you’ve moved to.”
“You know where the airport is ?”
“I detect an underlying hatred that, in my opinion, is quite unsavoury” (from the obvious Kiwi troll?)
“jesus christ you talk some bollocks at times”
“What boat did you get off, HM bitter and twisted I think!”
“I shall keep an eye out for the unhappiness police”
Then came the inevitable attempt at a thread hijack. Instigated by a moderator of all people who turned the discussion to nasal swabs, black dogs and potato consumption.
When that didn’t work things got nastier and the gloves really came off. Can you believe an adult wrote this and that no infraction was issued?
“xxxxxxxxx is neither British or living in NZ, She is German, she came here and during her time on this forum did nothing but moan and complain about anything and everything. Nothing was good enough and everything was either poor quality or too expensive. As you can see she has a very low opinion of kiwis and most things New Zealand”
Censorship may also be achieved by trolling. Pro-NZ posters (often these are Kiwis) take up residence on discussion boards and try to stifle negative comments about their country, usually by using a constant stream of dubious statistical materials. It is not unusual for Kiwis to troll emigration sites, for instance. (e.g. Poms in Oz, City-Data.com, BritishExpats.com, Enz.org etc) We get them at E2NZ.org all the time.
We’d like people to tell us when they see censorship in action, let’s get some debate going about this. Have you seen something and want to ask if it is censorship? Please use the comments section below.
This thread has been brought to our attention: “Is Britishexpats.com biased?” (click to enlarge)