By Enrique Tessieri
Thursday night was one of the worst I had experienced in a while: my son tells about some SKV neo-Nazi stickers put on a lamppost in front of our house and then Migrant Tales gets deactivated a couple of hours later because “it does not comply with the WordPress.com Terms of Service or advertising policy.” What’s going on?
Without any warning, WordPress shut us down and hate forums like Hommaforum, which is closely linked to Perussuomalaiset (PS) MP Jussi Halla-aho’s Scripta, are dancing on Migrant Tales’ grave.
Sorry to ruin the party, folks, but the music ended abruptly thirteen hours later after we were deactivated. I got the following message from WordPress: “Your site was flagged by our automated anti-spam controls. I have reviewed your site and have removed the suspension notice. We are very sorry for that happening and the inconvenience it caused you.” Hmmm.
An anonymous comment on Zuzeeko’s blog, On The Road to Success, reinforces a different story: “It’s offline due to Neo-Nazis making fake complaints against the blog.”
But that’s not all. The following day I get an email from a person who apparently holds a serious grudge against us. After trying to get us to pay him 3,000 euros to settle out of court for [now listen to this] for defaming an anonymous person on our blog, he actually does end up sending an email to one of my workplaces and tells the whole staff what a terrible person I am.
The person even threatened to organize a petition against me. The petition, according to him, is to force me to state in every blog entry that I do not represent all immigrants in Finland but only those on Migrant Tales.
Apparently, this person is very angry at us because we think his and Halla-aho’s points of view of immigrants are simplistic to say the least.
During the spring, Migrant Tales will move to another site where it will be virtually impossible to shut us down.
Thank you all for your support. We have grown stronger from this experience.