Getting the M&G online staff to do anything is a bit like sucking egg out of a sausage isn’t it? Take my heartbreaking efforts to get the robotic hacks to correct the F-up where my entire blog suddenly migrated to amagama, (sick) without any prior warning! After neglecting to provide me with a new login, they started sending me sarky messages saying my blog had been deleted, this after a nasty episode in December in which one of my more controversial postings was destroyed after a complaint from a former BOSS agent and NIA apartheid spy.
Not the first time I’ve been censored, but getting censored by the M&G is like getting censored by a buch of prune farmers in brakfonteinspruit. After numerous appeals, protestations, fulminations and phones calls in the middle of the night, I lost my cool and sent out the following email on Tuesday, 4 September, 2007 2:41:41 PM
To Whom It may concern,
In December last year the M&G online, deleted a posting made on the M&G Blogspot and blocked my access to my own material. I protested and the resulting correspondence can still be seen online Limitations of free speech go too far January 24 2007 and Don’t mention the war January 22 2007.
After speaking to Riaan Wolmeraans, the M&G Online editor, I eventually got the right to respond to the allegations made by a former NIA spy.. The matter would have stopped right there, but instead three things happened:
1. Amagama.com was formed
2. The Mail& Guardian got into bed with Media24, a company accused of racism and antisemitism
3. I was denied access to amagama while my entire blog migrated and was then deleted.
I am therefore forced to protect my property and to ask a court to establish that copyright exists in my work. Even though numerous complaints have been made, the M&G acts as if it is above the law. Frankly I don’t give a fig if the racist press in this country is regulated, or if SANEF collapses entirely because corporate media hacks have shown that they are as dishonest, capable of fraud, and hypocritical as their counterparts were during apartheid.
Example, 12 months after my allegations of racism and antisemitism against Media24 and there has been absolutely no attempt to uncover the truth. The Cape Times has published fraudulent stories conveniently forgetting I have any rights, and I stand absolutely no chance of getting my labour case into court since the Cape Bar has shown itself as racist and antisemitic as the law of the past.
Lets regulate the media in favour of individual rights to self-ownership, copyright, and so forth.
David Robert Lewis
Then, just as just about to hand over my hard earned cash for petty lawyers letters and getting into bed with Don Corleone while filling out neurotically charged legal forms in a nearby police office, okay, okay, I wasn’t online at the time, at Tuesday, 4 September, 2007 3:08:36 PM and yes, barely 27 minutes later, (and after 8 months of badgering) in what must rate as world record for responsive robotics by Vince Maher the following email mysteriously arrived:
Fwd: your blog details
As we discussed over the telephone, again. Here are your login details which allow you to export your blog and delete it.
Your admin address is:
Your blog address is:
pass:***** (please change this once you’re in there)
Let me know if there are any problems.
Strategist, Mail & Guardian Online
“Accidents don’t happen to people who take accidents as a personal
insult” – Don Corleone
I’ve attempted to decode its inner meaning and ethereal beauty but for the life of me, I cannot figure it out, except, I guess that means I’m here, in foreign territory, while I still languish under SA copyright law — the merest intention of writing for publication in SA means the publisher owns your copyright. Since I’ve been published by nearly everybody in the deep south, that probably means I’m flat broke, and can’t even afford to pay the fees to regain the rights to my own domain. If anyone else out there is planning on hijacking my work and ransoming off the outcome, I doubt if anyone is willing to pay for the kind of stats I was getting on average 100 people per post. Better off getting published in the real world, now there’s a thought.
Would love to know what bloggers think, or if any amagamarati have followed me, also your thoughts on the the Media24 racist saga and INM fraud.
PS:Check out my story on Zoopy, a new SA video site