Click on Wales is an online magazine which is run by the Institute of Welsh Affairs. IWA took a leading part in the Yes campaign for the referendum on direct law-making power for the Welsh Assembly. It is a body which influences government policy in Wales and its corporate members are listed as:
- · Media Wales
- · National Assembly for Wales
- · National Assembly for Wales Library
From the IWA website, it is known that organisations which have commissioned research from the IWA include the Welsh Government. Additionally it is also mentioned that the IWA relies on the voluntary participation of people operating across the many policy communities in Wales, within the universities, the political parties and the National Assembly (my emphasis).
A truly independent political blog can employ whatever ad hoc policy of posting and commenting it so desires but given that close funding connection to the Welsh government, one would have thought that Click on Wales should be employing the same rules of impartiality as the BBC in terms of comment moderation and expression of opinion generally.
Apparently that is not the case.
This post was sent to Click on Wales by John Walker on 26th July 2013, and some time later was added to the comments.
As far as I can make out we have 3(?) Brits summarily banned from posting – one with what can only be described as an unique statistical insight into some of the failing policies supported by the IWA – while our opponents are allowed free rein even to sink to the depths of suggesting in a recent comment that all Unionists may be fascists! Get a grip!
When you add up all the derogatory language that has been used recently, frequently completely inaccurately, against individual Brits who venture to provide some balance to the highly partisan editorial content on Click then double-standards doesn’t even begin to define the application of editorial control over commenting as seen from the Brits’ point of view.
I happen to believe in free speech – which includes the right to be offensive every now and again – but if a policy is in place then it should be applied in an even-handed way. I suggest you therefore make a start on applying 3. and 4. and 5. a little more rigorously to ‘your own side’… Or I suppose you can just ban the rest of the Brits then you can all go back to talking amongst yourselves!
It is understood that one of the three contributors reported the censorship of certain pro-Union voices to Martin Shipton of the Western Mail. However it seems that the matter will not be taken up. A, perhaps, relevant fact is that Media Wales, publisher of Trinity Mirror’s Western Mail, the Daily Post, the South Wales Echo, Wales on Sunday and the seven Celtic Weekly titles) is, like the National Assembly of Wales, a corporate member of the Institute of Welsh Affairs.
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