Good evening. My name is Gary Tall and i am the Ambassador of Seychelles
Freedom Party in the United Kingdom. I have noticed a few weeks ago that
i have been blocked on Today's facebook page in respect of my comments
posted about the Seychelles Government and predominantly on tourism topics.
I live in a country were freedom of expression is paramount, be on social
network or newspapers. It is beyond belief that a person who was educated
in a free country took such drastic action against a person who has suffered
immensely under this illegal regime in Seychelles. You have no clue what went
on after the military coup on the 5th of June 1977. Families have suffered immensely.
Seychellois disappeared, exiled and some were murdered. My family was forced
to leave the Seychelles because we refused to live our lives under the form
of compulsion by threat due to our political beliefs.
I may have been a bit harsh with my comments but simple logic will lead
anyone with a basic understanding of human nature to realise that a society
in which everyone is always nice to each other is impossible. It has never
existed and will never exist, because it can't exist. Only in Heaven, if
such a place exists.
Unfortunately, because freedom of speech is no longer alive in Seychelles,
and our citizens have been indoctrinated with the very opposite, many
people today cannot tolerate criticism, insults, or views opposite to their own.
This is a sad day for freedom of the press and i certainly hope that you
take this into serious consideration.
I am looking forward for a reply from you.
Gary E Tall.
Dear Mr Tall,
I have received a copy of your letter via Christopher Gill who forwarded your letter to our company Chairman, Marc Houareau.
Please note that we blocked you from our TODAY Facebook page because you have consistently been abusive to others. Freedom of expression is our bread and butter but it has to be exercised with respect and restraint. We fully support and encourage diversity of opinions and beliefs but systematic abuse in a crass manner contributes nothing to the debate.
We do understand that many people have suffered immensely under the previous and current governments. Our principals all wish for a better Seychelles and an effective government in the future, and providing a balanced view of the news was one of the primary reasons why our newspaper was created. In order to achieve our noble goal, we will always remain an independent and responsible press and not a politically affiliated media house.
We will be happy to allow you access to our Facebook page once again upon your written request. However, please note that we will not tolerate any abuse on our site and will block anyone who does not respect the rights of other individuals.
Deepa Bhookhun (Mrs)
Thank you for your reply.
I am deeply concerned when i am lectured about free speech in my own
country, predominantly by a person who has no clue about the distress,
anxiety, pain and hardship of the Seychelles people since the 5th of June
Speaking about insults, i must point out that your time spent at L' Express
was not one with restraint towards the Muslim population in Mauritius.
It was worse than what i wrote on Today's Facebook page. Your satanic
obscenity and promoting Salman Rushdie's book was of great concern
in Mauritius. To me it was racism at its best. Is it not worse than a few
bad words that i posted on Facebook?
I do not know if you suffer from narcissist personality disorder but it look
to me that when criticised, you showed woefully incapable of retaining
any emotional poise, or receptivity and it really doesn't much matter
whether the nature of that criticism is disrespectful or not.
I am not prepared to return on your page and i will not give in
to your bullying tactics.
I have been in worse situation before in Seychelles, but i will persevere
and i will leave no stone unturned.
Finally, i wish you well in your new job.
Gary E Tall
Extract from M Rafic Soormally's Letter
Reposted due to this site being hacked.