Nothing like getting an investigative journalist on the case. Patsy McGarry contacted the people in Cork and was told there is no problem with the Dawkins site. This does not tally with the conversation Byron had with the librarian nor his direct experience of not being able to access the Dawkins website.
Patsy spoke to John Mullins (firstname.lastname@example.org
) and said anyone with concerns should feel free to contact him. Given that I'm learning of this 2nd hand, perhaps Byron, you could e-mail him and tell him of your experience and your discussion with the librarian and see what he has to say. If it's of interest or contradicts your direct experience I could send his reply back to Patsy McGarry to see what he makes of it.
That's interesting. I'll fire off an email later on tonight so saying that I went in to the library to see if it was true etc. Will let you know how I get one.
Just to clarify something, you can access the website. The homepage comes up fine but it's when you click on any of the links that they are blocked/censored. I chose a few random links on the site and none of them worked.
Edit: Email sent. Here's a copy of what I sent.
Dear Mr. Mullins,
On Thursday the 5th of May I decided to use one of the computers in Cork City Library and I found that one website in particular was blocked/censored to an extent. The site in question was Richarddawkins.net. I could get to the website with no issues but when I clicked on any of the links to articles on the website, they were blocked for containing "hate speech".
I'm curious to know if this was an error and if not, would you have any information regarding why the articles would be blocked?
Any information you could give me would be greatly appreciated.