Sunday, June 19, 2022

Annals of blogging: censorship

In April 2014, Global Military Justice Reform ran a post titled The Case of the Indelible Ink and the Leak. This evening the Editor received the following disturbing communication from Blogger:


As you may know, our Community Guidelines ( describe the boundaries for what we allow -- and don't allow -- on Blogger. Your [April 2014] post titled "The case of the indelible ink and the leak" was flagged to us for review. We have determined that it violates our guidelines and have unpublished the URL, 

making it unavailable to blog readers.

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The Blogger Team

This action is completely unwarranted. There was nothing objectionable in this eight-year-old post.


  1. It could very well be that there was a hyperlink in the post to an external site that is now corrupted. If that site has a virus, then they may shut down any others that link to it. I don't know if that is the case, but just a possibility.

  2. I hope that's the explanation, but I remain concerned. As I recall, the post had to do with the travails of a dissenting air force officer who blew the whistle on election funny-business in Malaysia. Perhaps the word "leak" is now forbidden because of its urinary meaning, Very strange in any event for the post to be disappeared after eight years.


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