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    AGW denialists hate free speech

    Tim Lambert reports that Pamela Stirling, editor of the New Zealand Listener magazine, decided to *ahem* downsize columnist Dave Hansford... coincidentally after receiving legal threats from the denialist Heartland Institute in response to an unflattering article written by Hansford.

    New Zealand blogger Gareth Renownden blogged about this sorry turn of events... only to be faced with legal threats himself.

    Here is
    * an archive of the article which started it all;
    * an archive of the letters page showing Heartland Institute being angry;
    * an archive of Gareth's blog entry (cached on Google from before it was taken down) about the debacle.

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    Re: AGW denialists hate free speech

    Quote Originally Posted by bic View Post
    Tim Lambert reports that Pamela Stirling, editor of the New Zealand Listener magazine, decided to *ahem* downsize columnist Dave Hansford... coincidentally after receiving legal threats from the denialist Heartland Institute in response to an unflattering article written by Hansford.

    New Zealand blogger Gareth Renownden blogged about this sorry turn of events... only to be faced with legal threats himself.

    Here is
    * an archive of the article which started it all;
    * an archive of the letters page showing Heartland Institute being angry;
    * an archive of Gareth's blog entry (cached on Google from before it was taken down) about the debacle.
    http://hot-topic.co.nz/2008/04/18/the-law-won-again/
    Correction and apology to The Listener and its editor Pamela Stirling
    On 16 April 2008 we published on this site an article written by Gareth Renowden entitled “Climate cranks claim a scalp”. That article suggested that Dave Hansford had been sacked by The Listener as a result of views that he expressed on climate change, and that The Listener had caved in to pressure from the NZ Climate Science Coalition, or had sacked him because his views did nor coincide with those of The Listener’s editor, Pamela Stirling. The article also questioned The Listener’s commitment to environmental issues and its editorial integrity and independence, and was critical of its conduct with respect to Mr Hansford. In fact Mr Hansford was not sacked by The Listener, and nor did The Listener seek to censor or suppress Mr Hansford’s views. Hot Topic and AUT Media Ltd accept that The Listener and its editor have a strong commitment to environmental issues, and that there was no basis for any of the criticisms expressed on this site of either The Listener or its editor, or of the editorial integrity and independence of The Listener. Hot Topic and AUT Media Ltd unreservedly withdraw those statements an apologise to The Listener and to Pamela Stirling for the distress caused by our publication.
    Last edited by phlipper; 04-19-2008 at 08:51 AM.

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    Re: AGW denialists hate free speech

    Notice the title of the blog entry is "The law won (again)". The "apology" even "apologized" for a bunch of things which weren't even in the original article. In other words, the "apology" was in response to legal threats -- I've already pointed this out.

    Most probably it was just a word-for-word copy of what the denialists' lawyers wanted Gareth to say. More on Media Law Journal NZ (archive).

    Why do you hate free speech so much, phlipper?
    Last edited by bic; 04-19-2008 at 09:57 AM.

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    Re: AGW denialists hate free speech

    Quote Originally Posted by bic View Post
    ?
    The whole thing is a trivial non-issue.

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    Re: AGW denialists hate free speech

    Why do you hate free speech so much, phlipper?

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    Re: AGW denialists hate free speech

    Quote Originally Posted by bic View Post
    Why do you hate free speech so much, phlipper?
    Feel free to explain youself.

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    Re: AGW denialists hate free speech

    I see that phlipper's head just exploded.

    * * *

    More on this brouhaha: in comments on Hot Topic, Robert McLachlan reports an interview he made with Stirling about her "editorial policy". Lots of squirming and waffling was done.

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    Re: AGW denialists hate free speech

    Quote Originally Posted by bic View Post
    I see that phlipper's head just exploded.
    Someone please wake me when this thread is over.

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