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Saturday, October 29, 2011

"The YouTube video they do not want you to watch..."

From the British website "Bullying of Academics in Higher Education"

October 26, 2011

The management of the University of Newcastle in Australia somehow managed to ban this YouTube video clip. According to http://stop-b-uon.blogspot.com/, this clip can't be accessed in Australia! In addition, the Federal Police has been invited to investigate.

There are all kinds of questions to ask, some relatively obvious: What happened to freedom of speech? What scares the management of the University of Newcastle in Australia?

Have a look at the video clip at: http://youtu.be/GFtmRmtvhAQ

Also read: Newcastle uni bully claims: Academic says harassment led to illness,


  1. A still can not understand how a YOUTUBE Video is legal in every country in the world (including Australia), but because certain University managers don't want it shown they can have it blocked for any Australians to see. There is a real issue. What else is blocked? Research findings? Use of governement funds? It feels like I am part of some conspiracy novel...very scarey.

  2. I totally agree. If the video was concerned with preventing and/or exposing bullying, surely the Uni would want to promote a bully-free work environment. To ban it (while it is being seen in other countries) is censorship. Blocking it challenges all concepts of free speech and as Michelle states what else is covered up within the University

  3. It begs the question: Is this a police state?

  4. My friends and I thought the video was harmless and quite a powerful presentation of the issues without incriminating anyone. I suppose only the guilty would feel the pinch. The safest thing to do is not to bully people.

  5. I'd like to see how the millions of research dollars have been spent. Where are the outcomes? They should have an exhibition of the stated outcomes so we can help celebrate those tangible achievements to feel proud of the uni.

  6. How come they can get millions, for doing what? Don't they all get paid pretty big salaries already? Do they pay tax on the millions? My dad has trouble getting a $50,000 loan to start up a business.

  7. The uni should be investigated for censorship, not the other way around.

  8. Yes, in the interest of public accountability, there should be an exhibition so we can see what they have produced for the millions they have given.

  9. There's a lot the uni doesn't want you to see and this is not in the interest of its clients.

  10. The material the Uni doesn't want you to see:

    'The University has decided that no material can be placed on any noticeboards in the University which is not "officially approved". However, this rule only applies to the "Save our Major" posters put up by NUSA. All other posters have been left up. The Hunter Building has been stripped of posters as has all other parts of campus. So, here are the banned posters.' (NUSA website)

    Freedom of expression for all??!! One wonders.


  11. Wow, this is hardcore. Thanks for sharing. I wonder if a bullying program would work in the work place like in schools.

  12. I want to nominate the provider/designer of this website for a major human rights award for his/her/their concern for the human rights of bullied academics who have had their careers destroyed.

  13. Yes, I think this stop-bullying website should be brought to the attention of all Hunter schools.

  14. Believe in karma - the more they try to keep secrets, the more their dirty secrets will come out. If nothing else gets them, ageing and use-by dates will. We will get to spit them in the face in shopping centres. Those who bully others should be careful because cancers that grow in the ass will also catch up with them too.