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Jesus and Mo Banned Again in Suffolk Libraries.

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So much for Suffolk Libraries’ response to the previous complaint about this censorship.

Unfortunately Suffolk Libraries are run by an unelected oligarchy that is not responsible to democratic control (a ‘Charity’ or Industrial and Provident Society), so you wonder what you can do about their censorship policies.

These are the images Suffolk Libraries forbids you from seeing (posted from Internet café).


Jesus and Mo.


Written by Andrew Coates

February 14, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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  1. Suffolk Libraries do a fine line in dissembling, “It’s not banned and was never banned, as per our previous conversation”

    Except that you cannot see the above Jesus and Mo site because ” you attempted to access appears to contain, or is
    labeled as containing, material that is contrary to the Library’s Acceptable Use Policy.” …

    I am getting tired of these evasions: it’s obvious there’s a real problem here and all they are doing is trying to deny it exists.

    Not an uncommon strategy though.

    Bertie Wooster always believed in “stout denial” – even before the Beak.

    Andrew Coates

    February 14, 2014 at 1:04 pm

  2. jesusandmo

    February 14, 2014 at 2:06 pm

  3. Does this come under Manning (traitor to the enlightenment), Snowden (tool of reaction everywhere) and Assange (rapist who puts our heroes in harm’s way) type whistleblowing?

    Censorship is really starting to take hold on the internet in the free West.

    File sharing sites are a primary target, but where will it all end?

    Socialism In One Bedroom

    February 14, 2014 at 2:34 pm

  4. “Starting to get a hold”, SIOB? What about all the “filters” that are standard in the UK on home and mobile internet connections, blocking for example sex education or cancer information sites? German civil servants recently were unable to access details of a certain incident due to the phrase “F*** the EU”.

    I am slightly amused that a(nother) German social democrat MP is being investigated thanks to his penchant for purchasing Canadian “non-illegal non-sexualised images of naked 8-13 year old boys”; I am only amused in as far as he was seemingly personally responsible for pushing through the law which meant his non-illegal internet purchases triggered a police raid under the, possibly reasonable, motto “no smoke without fire” and whoever purchases this kind of stuff may well have illegal “proper” child porn as well.

    He retired from politics in December “for health reasons” and fled to Denmark. After the CDU home secretary *warned* the SPD leadership, and others, about what was likely to happen at some point in the near future (a police raid, which finally happened this week). “Somehow” the MP himself got wind of this and announced his retirement and wrote a cryptical article for the “taz” about how he needed to “change his ways”, start anew, etc. The press are claiming the police have found a load of “destroyed” hard drives in the MP’s flat – this is unlikely, why would he destroy them but leave them there for the police to find them?

    I doubt that anything will happen. The said MP was in charge of the (mainly secret) parliamentary investigation into the so-called “Nationalsocialist Underground” (NSU) series of murders, in which the state and its security services have been (at least) implicated. He will have read a lot of stuff which the government and the state don’t want to get published.


    February 14, 2014 at 3:50 pm

  5. Jesus and Mo: either they don’t mark (despite the claim on their site) the computers which are ‘filtered’ or it was in general use.

    Nothing was on it.

    So I don’t know.

    It strikes me as more than odd that this site was blocked.

    This surely does not fall under the category of porn, racism, or incitement to violence.

    Regardless of the wider issues about filters, why does Jesus and Mo get stopped?

    Suffolk LIbraries claim that “We need to test this system with real users, so we can’t guarantee that certain sites won’t be blocked.”

    So that’s all right then.

    Andrew Coates

    February 14, 2014 at 5:17 pm

  6. What is happening is that the jobsworths who work in your library service are talking no risks about anything. Just in case there might be repercussions of some kind or other they are not getting involved. What is interesting is how they ever came to realise the significance of the cartoons in the first place. Has there been anything in the local press about them or has some local Muslim group or far left sect made an issue out of them?


    February 16, 2014 at 7:15 am

  7. I don’t know if they did know about the importance of the Jesus and Mo issue until they got Twitters from Columnists like James Bloodworth and Nick Cohen protesting about their block.

    Which leaves unanswered as to why the filter caught this site out – it fits no obvious criteria for needing censorship.

    This morning they have finally got round to putting notices on the computers that have their censor on them.

    Andrew Coates

    February 16, 2014 at 11:51 am

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