Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

We are working to highlight and stop academic workplace bullying at the University of Newcastle, Australia. We are a group of staff and students who have been bullied for speaking out about misconduct.

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This will help us gather as much information as possible so that we can put an end to this bullying with its’ decades-long history.

“Systemic bullying, hazing and abuse generally are identified with poor, weak or toxic organizational cultures. Cultures that are toxic have stated ethical values that are espoused but not employed, and other non-ethical values which are operational, dominant, but unstated.

Such cultures thrive when good people are silent, silenced, or pushed out; when bad apples are vocal, retained, promoted, and empowered; and when the neutral majority remain silent in order to survive. Those who are most successful in such a toxic culture are those who have adapted to it, or adopted it as their own”. (McKay, Arnold, Fratzl & Thomas, 2008)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Why were those posts about Nick Saunders removed from our blog?

According to Chilling Effects (who act for Google against online content),  two of the possible defences against published defamatory communication are

  1. "Truth. This is a complete defense, but may be difficult to prove."
  2. "Fair comment on a matter of public interest. This defense applies to "opinion" only, as compared to a statement of fact. The defendant usually needs to prove that the opinion is honestly held and the comments were not motivated by actual "malice." "
The content of the posts removed from this website repeated facts already published in the media or on the Bond University website.  Also any opinion that was voiced was not motivated by malice - our aim is to prevent more people suffering the same bullying experiences at Bond University that we have at the University of Newcastle.

An additional point of relevance here is that 

"No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider." This provision has been uniformly interpreted by the Courts to provide complete protection against defamation or libel claims made against an ISP, message board or chat room where the statements are made by third parties."

We are not responsible for comments made on our blog - we reserve the right to remove comments that we consider to be unhelpful or which constitute direct acts on individuals without factual support.  

We do attempt to balance 

"two important, and sometimes competing, rights: the right to engage in free speech and the right to be free from untrue attacks on reputation." (Chilling Effects)

1 comment:

  1. "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter"
    Martin Luther King

    This quote reinforces why it is so important to continue to expose the truth despite the power of those that want it suppressed...