Earlier, Carlos Miller of PINAC posted a story on his blog about a Monterrey County Weekly photographer being detained by Navy security personnel at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, California.
The photographer, Nic Coury, was taking photographs from a public sidewalk, off base. He was detained and told to delete the photographs, according to an editorial by Mary Duan. After deleting the photos, he was released. He came back out a few days later and was again detained, and again called his office. Again, he deleted the photos, although the paper was able to restore them at the office.
For all the posturing about the First Amendment, the paper did not publish the photographs, at least not in this weeks issue of their paper. Of course, the same image is available from Google Maps.
Duan took issue with Miller, stating that Miller’s comments that the paper would not report on the matter so as to not be confrontational. Unfortunately, as it stands now, the paper is not being “confrontational.” Sure they reported on it, but where are the photographs?
Duan has apparently let the Navy intimidate her into not publishing the pictures.
It’s a shame.
It is also apparent that Duan does not like any comment that disagrees with her position. I commented on her editorial, stating that I agreed with Dissentingd’s comment and that I found it disingenuous that the paper would chastise Carlos Miller for his comments, but then do exactly what he indicated he thought that they would do. Of course within hours, my comments were removed for violating the terms of service.
Those terms state that a post cannot:
A. upload, post, email or otherwise transmit any Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;
B. harm minors in any way;
C. impersonate any person or entity, including or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;
D. upload, post, email or otherwise transmit any Content that you do not have a right to transmit under any law;
E. upload, post, email or otherwise transmit any Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any party;
F. upload, post, email or otherwise transmit any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” or “pyramid schemes,”;
G. upload, post, email or otherwise transmit any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;
H. intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national or international law;
I. “stalk” or otherwise harass another; or
J. collect or store personal data about other users.
Obviously my comment did none of the above. Instead, it was removed for either: A) I mentioned Carlos Miller; or B) I felt that the paper’s actions were “disingenuous.”
Don’t get me wrong–it is their website and they can allow or disallow any content that they want or don’t want. I just find it humorous that they don’t like direct criticism. I find it especially humorous since I was one of the few commentators on PINAC that thought that the offensive language about Duan should be removed.