Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Is PR Web Censoring Alt Healthcare News?

Not all threats to health freedom come from overzealous government and nefarious commercial interests.

In the past few months I've noted a disturbing trend at many supposed neutral information sites, such as Wikipedia and now PRWeb (a Vocus, Inc. Company) where so-called "sceptic" and "quackwatch" attitudes are making it increasingly difficult to provide uncensored information about advanced "alternative" healthcare to the public.

Wikipedia has been widely criticized recently regarding how its system can be abused by people with an agenda, to prevent controversial information from being posted.

Now it appears leading Internet media release facility PRWeb may be censoring certain alt healthcare information, although it has never announced that it would prejudge healthcare information that does not follow the Big Pharma PC line.

A blatant example of this has come to light in the past few hours. Here is a copy of an email from Dr. Rima Laibow, Medical Director of the Natural Solutions Foundation - http://www.globalhealthfreedom.org/ - to PRWeb complaining about potential censorship.

------ Original Message ------
Received: Tue, 16 Oct 2007 08:33:36 AM EDT
From: "Dr. Rima Laibow" <releyes@gmail.com>
To: prwd@emediawire.com
CC: "Ralph Fucetola JD" <ralph.fucetola@usa.net>
Subject: Re: regarding future communications

I am appalled. Your censorship is totally unwarrented. I asked PRWeb to provide distribution services, not control of the press. "Drugging" is a term of art, not an opinion.

Yesterday I attended a Congressional Briefing on "The Dangers of Child Psychiatric Screening and Drugging" hosted by the Intrernational Center for the Study of Psychology and Psychiatry and co-hosted by EdWatch Action, MFI, PsychRights, The EagleForum, CWA and AAPS, all recognized national Mental Health watchdog organizations. In fact, HR 2387, the Child Medication Safety Act (and S891, its Senate companion legislation of the same name) talks about preventing "coerced drugging". If it is good enough for Congress, I would think that it might suffice for PRWeb's editorial censors.

Please make the necessary date adjustments, and change the number of responses [by NSF supporters to Congress] to 74,444.

Your censorship policies, unannounced in any of your material, are inappropriate and have cost this campaign time, money and momentum. Please run this press release immediately amended as above.

Dr. Laibow


PRWeb needs to allay concerns of the alt healthcare community in order to maintain its credibility.

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