I’ve got an e-mail from WordPress.com (the publishing platform for this blog) today saying that an authorized person from the legal department in Emirates Airline made a complaint against my blog for violating DMCA (The Digital Millennium Copyright Act), requesting an immediate suspension of my blog contents.
WordPress replied that they consider the content of my blog as a fair usage of information for commenting and criticism and they’ve refused to suspend my blog contents.
Dear managers and lawyers from Emirates Airline, I understand that you are used to repressive and aggressive methods of silencing the voices which are the opposite of the image you want to create. I also know that you are used to punish employees who complain or write anything that you don’t like on their private profiles on facebook and twitter with warnings and terminations of the service, but don’t you think it’s time to change your behaviour?
I will repeat my statement which I have already repeated many times so far: before you have fired me and threatened me with a prison for writing this blog: while you were pressurizing me at endless meetings, I was very sincere with you: I told you that I (or anyone else) may go in public (you have it in written in one of my e-mails) with all the injustice you did to me and I told you that I have recorded the Open forum for staff. You ignored me, you violated your Internal Manual many times, you violated UAE Labour Law (but you are allowed to do that, since you are not the subject of this Law, are you?) and you have forced me to escape from UAE, without money and without an air plane ticket which you have to give me by our contract.
I have left my whole life, my friends and my things in Dubai, suddenly and without a warning. Have you ever changed your life in just 5 hours? Do you know how much it hurts to leave your friends behind, without saying goodbye, knowing that you may never see them again? Did you ever have to escape a foreign country with only 50 euros in your pocket, because you have asked for your human and labour rights to be fulfilled? Do you know how it feels like when you have to come back home without any savings and you have to start to build your life all over again? I don’t think so.
So, this is the deal: I am open for a civilized discussion with you (as I have always been). I am open to listen your reasons why I should shut down this blog.
I don’t have any intention to shut down this blog, though, as long as you are manifesting your famous fear tactics of silencing your (ex and present) employees. You have never called me to ask why I made this blog, to apologize or to fulfil your contract obligations towards me (EOS and repatriation airplane ticket).
What you have just done with this attempt of censoring my blog is exactly why I have opened it in the first place. Can you, please, start to respect people (including me) by not trying to resolve issues with a bullying strategy?
Dear WordPress, in this world of hypocrisy, greediness, lack of humanity and harassment of individuals who dare to speak freely, I would like to thank you for supporting my freedom to speak and to criticise. Thank you, also, for your awareness of the fact that the Internet is the last shelter from the censorship and the global control of the information flow. You play a huge role in defending individual freedoms and better tomorrows. All the best to you!