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 (iâ€™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 â€˜problemsâ€™ 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 â€˜deletingâ€™ of the protest photoâ€™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 donâ€™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. Iâ€™m on Flickr strike! Mind you, in general iâ€™m not an activist, or political engaged (not that there is anything wrong with itïŠ), but I by now feel too involved to let things â€˜just goâ€™.
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.
Ps Excuse my English or pardon my french, Iâ€™m from Holland, so not a native speaker and my spellingchecker doesnâ€™t work….
Joan van Nispen tot Sevenaer (Donjopi3)
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