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Google does UN’s censorship dirty work

Yes, that Google.  “Do no evil.”  I guess it depends on the meaning of the word “evil”, right?  We all know they’re run by a bunch of leftist hacks, but now they’re not even pretending otherwise.  From FNC:

How big do you have to be to earn the wrath of the United Nations and Internet giant Google?

If you’re journalist Matthew Lee, all it takes are some critical articles and a scrappy little Web site.

Lee is the editor-in-chief, Webmaster and pretty much the only reporter for Inner City Press, a pint-sized Internet news operation that’s taken on Goliath-sized entities like Citigroup since 1987.

Since 2005, he’s been focusing almost entirely on stories that deal with internal corruption inside the U.N., posting several stories online almost daily.

He’s been especially interested in the inner workings of what could be called the practical-applications arm of the international organization, the United Nations Development Programme.

Many of Lee’s stories were featured prominently whenever Web users looked for news about the U.N. using the powerful Google News search engine, a vital way for media outlets both large and small to get their articles read.

But beginning Feb. 13, Google News users could no longer find new stories from the Inner City Press.

“I think they said, ‘If we can’t get this guy out of the U.N., let’s disappear him from the Internet,'” Lee said.

Lee said he felt certain that the Internet company and the international agency had now joined forces to make his work less accessible to the public.

According to Stricker, on Feb. 1 someone e-mailed Google a complaint about Lee’s Web site, alleging that Inner City Press was a one-man operation, thus violating the Google News ground rule that news organizations it lists must have two or more employees.

Lee is vague about how many people work for the Inner City Press, but said there’s at least one woman who works for the organization full-time, as well as “about half a dozen” volunteers.

“If people work for us as volunteers, why does it not count?” he said. “Is it their business?”

The reaction to the de-listing, however temporary, has been furious. The non-profit Government Accountability Project lambasted the company, calling Inner City Press “the most effective and important media organization for UN whistleblowers.”

“We’re alarmed,” said Bea Edwards, GAP’s international-program director. “The question is, is what user sent the complaint? And it’s probably not too hard to guess. We would guess the complaints came from the UNDP.” 

Everyone knows the U.N. is useless and corrupt, but to have Google doing their dirty work is shameful.

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February 20, 2008 - Posted by | corruption, Google, shameful, United Nations

1 Comment »

  1. Google has long put their agenda items first in a search

    Comment by WMD_Maker | February 20, 2008


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