Not the first time LIME blocked a website, probably not the last
We at Barbados Free Press understood entirely when we received a cc’d copy of an email this morning from Ian Bourne.
LIME has been blocking Bourne’s Bajan Reporter website ON A ROTATING BASIS just like it does with Barbados Free Press. Some folks can get it sometimes, and some folks can’t. As I write this, Grape Hall can reach The Bajan Reporter through LIME but south coast LIME customers can’t.
They don’t just shut it off you see… that would be too telling. They rotate the outage or “throttle” the speed.
Anything to please their political masters.
Hey, Alex McDonald. Yeah, you in the photo… we’re on to you, LIME and your scheme to censor political discussion on this island. You should be ashamed of yourself.
Here’s the email we received from Ian Bourne this morning. He sent it to about 30 people and news organisations, so I guess he means for it to be public. Here ya go folks…
TO: Alex McDonald, country manager for LIME Barbados
CC: (Barbados Free Press plus a List of 25+ names removed by BFP)
RE: Bajan Reporter website inaccessible to LIME users?
Good Morning Alex;
Trust this note finds you well and eager to clarify… I have everyone on board so we’re at the same page – last night a number of regular readers to my site said they could not access it – now I have a new server to accommodate increased users, I checked via Safari/Firefox/Chrome/Internet Explorer browsers and my signal is fine! But the fans who could not?
They all were using LIME, my service is no longer with Caribsurf – so my site appears in no time flat? Is there a problem in relaying my info to your customers? The fact I carry regional Football coverage from your competitors is considered objectionable? Or their forays into Asiatic climes?
In addition I decided to add Political coverage on my site, is this another problem? I recall having a chat with you at the Ermy Bourne Resource when George Payne said he was running for the BLP’s Party Chairman – I should hate to think LIME is embroiled in political intrigue at the behest of certain interests?
If that was true, it would speak poorly to freedom of press which the BAJ so valiantly upholds, even Social Media as myself, plus if this can happen to myself… Imagine what would happen to Advocate, Nation or other online media houses when they have truth to carry? Perhaps an alert campaign with each house’s subscribers should be made to warn people who they support via Internet or Mobile or otherwise they may be denied complete access to their service which they paid for which is contrary to dictums from the Fair Trading Commission?
Speaking of the FTC – I decided they also needed to be alerted of the situation in this same note, if you don’t mind? I really don’t know what’s going on and I am only suggesting possibilities, but I know you’ll deal with this ASAP, correct? Many Thanks!
IAN BOURNE – The Bajan Reporter