Tell Shell: Wakey Wakey on
Freedom of Expression under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
1948 (United Nations) - By Dr. John Huong: "Wow, I’ve just read the
posting below about the 2005 Accountability Rating – the article by
Alfred Donovan- the owner of the worlds self proclaimed ultimate gripe
site, ShellNews.net. I am baffled why Shell allows him to
comprehensively tear Shell management to pieces on countless postings
all over the Internet, including Shell’s own website – while I am not
allowed the freedom to make criticism on Shell, my former employer of 29
years.": Saturday 1 October 2005
(Below is a posting on "TELL SHELL" which refers to this website:
Wow, I’ve just read the posting below about the 2005 Accountability
Rating – the article by Alfred Donovan- the owner of the worlds self
proclaimed ultimate gripe site, ShellNews.net. I am baffled why Shell
allows him to comprehensively tear Shell management to pieces on
countless postings all over the Internet, including Shell’s own website
– while I am not allowed the freedom to make criticism on Shell, my
former employer of 29 years.
There has not been a peep from the Shell webmaster on this or any other issue for some time as fellow contributors have noticed. We seem to be on our own here guys!
For anyone who doesn’t know, it is a matter of public record that I am currently the subject of a High Court Injunction and a Retraining Order obtained collectively against me by eight Royal Dutch Shell Companies. As far as I know, I am the only person on the entire planet whose freedom of expression is being curtailed by a multinational goliath. It’s a strange feeling. I suppose that I should count myself lucky that unlike the Rossport Five, I was not imprisoned. I am not criticising Shell for having Irish citizens jailed but merely pointing out the fact that they put in jail for three months. I am regretfully not in a position to express my comments about Shell one way or the other (although I would love to do so) though I trust that it is in order for me to congratulate the Rossport Five on their release from prison.
I have read on ShellNews.net that the Rossport Five may have a case against Shell for wrongful imprisonment. Now that Shell has reversed course in respect of the Rossport Five, it might wish to withdraw its legal action against me, in which event I too would seek legal advice about the question of appropriate redress, as part of any resolution of Shell’s action against me.
Returning to the question of my freedom of speech on the Internet, why is it that Mr Donovan’s astonishingly candid and damaging commentary about Royal Dutch Shell is allowed by Shell lawyers? I have a copy of the legal statement made by Shell International Petroleum Company Limited in May 2005 recognising HIS rights to say anything he likes about Shell on his website. This just happens to be the same website where the posting of articles under my name led to Shell commencing proceedings against me. As indicated, for some unknown reason I do not enjoy the same basic human rights as Mr Donovan.
Does he get special treatment because of his age (88), race, nationality, or perhaps because he is a Shell shareholder? I am baffled. Is it proper that his rights are deemed to be different and superior to mine? I am not criticising the fact that I am being penalised because it would be dangerous for me to say anything about Shell – merely trying to fathom out why I have been singled out. There must be some valid reason which has not occurred to me although I cannot imagine what it could be.
Perhaps the hibernating Tell Shell webmaster will enlighten me on this matter? Wakey Wakey!!!
Or does anyone else have any suggestions????????
ShellNews.net: Royal Dutch Shell farcical No. 2 ranking in the 2005 “Accountability Rating” published in FORTUNE magazine: Tuesday 27 September 2005 08.15am ET: READ
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