Open letter to Flickr Staff (Stewart & other members)

Dear All,

First of all, I want to thank you for the wonderful time i have had at flickr the last couple of months. It is an incredible initiative and i can not express the respect I have for you that you have been able to make Flickr such a beautiful place on the web. It is a beautiful gift (i’m not a paying member, yet)
However. Freedom, Freedom of mind, speech and any other form of freedom you can think of, is the greatest gift I have ever received apart maybe from love & life (as difficult as it sometimes is).
The updates so far on the matter concerning Censor ‘problems’ of Germany, Singapore & Hong Kong have not been satisfactory at all. Frankly, they (almost) seem to insult the intelligence of the average flickr member.
Next. The way you have handled the ‘deleting’ of the protest photo’s in explore, without a warning, I find downright outrageous and frankly, a dangerous measure. I can understand where you are coming from to a certain extend, but these kind of reactions (without any form of announcement?!?) make me very uneasy.
I know, I am only one user, but I don’t feel powerless. I am however, concerned, very concerned.
I therefore undertake this (mini) action mainly because I feel it is the only right thing to do. I’m on Flickr strike! Mind you, in general i’m not an activist, or political engaged (not that there is anything wrong with it), but I by now feel too involved to let things ‘just go’.
My biggest hope is that you will be able to find a good solution with the right ethics behind you. As long as you are unable to come up with such a solution, I hope you will be able to communicate your actions, and the reasons why you undertake them, in a more respectful way until this far.

Your’s truly,

Ps Excuse my English or pardon my french, I’m from Holland, so not a native speaker and my spellingchecker doesn’t work….

Joan van Nispen tot Sevenaer (Donjopi3)

feel free to copy this, fav it, or make up your own initiative…

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