Waterstone’s employee sacked for blogging about them

This is worrying: an 11-year employee of Waterstone’s is fired because of blogging about the company [lambda]. Ehud at lambda suggests a boycott.

That a book company thinks so little of the primacy of freedom of expression is alarming. I pointed out that Waterstone.s has stated publicly several times in the past that as a bookseller they believe in the freedom of expression and not in censorship. In fact a campaign was mounted a few years back which had banners along the lines of “what did Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot have in common? They feared the power of the written word. Celebrate Freedom of expression with us.” Some folks may recall it. I asked if this was actually meant or was it simply cynical marketing? I was not answered.

2 Responses to “Waterstone’s employee sacked for blogging about them”

  1. January 10th, 2005 | 3:41 pm

    D’oh! I read it as ’11 year-old employee’, and then was amazed at the eloquence of his writing until the end of the first paragraph of his blog entry…

  2. Seyhan
    January 10th, 2005 | 4:22 pm

    Crap, i’d better scan over my LJ and see if i’ve mentioned my employees there :S