Bolton News story 'erased' from Google search results because of EU ruling

The Bolton News: The original front page story from The Bolton News that someone wants to be "forgotten" by Google The original front page story from The Bolton News that someone wants to be "forgotten" by Google

A STORY in The Bolton News has come under the spotlight of the controversial new "right to be forgotten" ruling.

Google notified The Bolton News that the story about the jailing of three men for an attack on three soldiers in a nightclub is to be "erased" from Google searches under a controversial EU ruling.

The ruling means that some articles deemed "irrelevant or out of date" can be removed from its search engine results.

The 2010 story details a court case in which Ben Barlow, Christopher Mahoney and Christopher Brennan were jailed after they pleaded guilty to violent disorder.

A fourth man, 19-year-old Connor Bentham, of Barry Crescent, Worsley, had received a community order at an earlier hearing.

They had attacked a group of soldiers who had all served in Afghanistan.

The victims told the court they were more frightened in the pub than they had been on the front line.

Ian Savage, editor-in-chief of The Bolton News, said: “As the editor of a newspaper, I believe passionately in the freedom of the press and I will fight any attempts to remove legitimate content.

"We are a responsible newspaper and our aim is to cover local news which is of both interest and importance to people.

“Clearly, people who aren’t happy that stories which we have legitimately published should not have the right to have them removed from a Google search, in my view.

“Moreover, it is a completely pointless exercise. Those who ask for these articles to be removed simply invite more publicity on themselves.

“This was an extremely serious court case, which merited a front page when we ran it back in 2010.

"To have this disappear from Google searches is frankly ridiculous, which is why I feel it’s so important to highlight this issue.”

In the attack, the thugs glassed paratrooper Adam Evans in the neck and stabbed him in the leg.

Another of the soldiers, Jamie Morton, who was kicked and punched on the ground, said he feared he was going to die.

At the trial of the three men, Judge William Morris said: “These victims were all injured. Mr Evans was very gravely injured indeed.”

Google has not revealed who asked for the article to be removed from its results.

Our story, which was on our front page on October 8, 2010, is still online and can be read here.

The story is also still discoverable via Google searches, and it is not clear what search terms are affected by the move.

The controversial "right to be forgotten" ruling, which only affects Google sites in the EU, has been opposed by the press and press freedom campaigners.

It has already affected five other stories from newspapers owned by Newsquest, The Bolton News' parent company, as well as stories from other regional and national titles.

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6:19am Thu 10 Jul 14

oftbewildered2 says...

it is not as if the story can be erased from every archive is it? I honestly don't believe this was the sort of thing EU had in mind when making their ruling - the Office of Political Correctness seems to be more subjective than objective than ever when making decisions
it is not as if the story can be erased from every archive is it? I honestly don't believe this was the sort of thing EU had in mind when making their ruling - the Office of Political Correctness seems to be more subjective than objective than ever when making decisions oftbewildered2
  • Score: 14

8:03am Thu 10 Jul 14

JustBecause says...

Well someone asked for it to be removed, maybe you should find out who ?
Well someone asked for it to be removed, maybe you should find out who ? JustBecause
  • Score: 13

8:23am Thu 10 Jul 14

Reed Lover says...

JustBecause wrote:
Well someone asked for it to be removed, maybe you should find out who ?
Google has not revealed who asked for the article to be removed from its results.
[quote][p][bold]JustBecause[/bold] wrote: Well someone asked for it to be removed, maybe you should find out who ?[/p][/quote]Google has not revealed who asked for the article to be removed from its results. Reed Lover
  • Score: -2

9:25am Thu 10 Jul 14

Citizen Cane says...

It's all part of the "offender as hero - victim suffers" culture which is taking grip. See also the story this week about the benefit fraudster who doesn't have to pay a penny of her £30k ill gotten gains back OR go to jail. How long till that one is blocked by google too?

Mind you, many BN stories SHOULD be blocked simply because they are not news.
It's all part of the "offender as hero - victim suffers" culture which is taking grip. See also the story this week about the benefit fraudster who doesn't have to pay a penny of her £30k ill gotten gains back OR go to jail. How long till that one is blocked by google too? Mind you, many BN stories SHOULD be blocked simply because they are not news. Citizen Cane
  • Score: 14

10:23am Thu 10 Jul 14

Chrome1 says...

Who bleedin' cares? Google, together with all non-public sector websites, is a private organisation that exists to make money. Let them do what they want so long as they don't break any laws or have unethical practices. They don't have a duty of care for anything. Don't make them to be some bastion of the upholder of public good. They're not.
Who bleedin' cares? Google, together with all non-public sector websites, is a private organisation that exists to make money. Let them do what they want so long as they don't break any laws or have unethical practices. They don't have a duty of care for anything. Don't make them to be some bastion of the upholder of public good. They're not. Chrome1
  • Score: 1

10:38am Thu 10 Jul 14

cliff4treasurer says...

"Ian Savage, editor-in-chief of The Bolton News, said: “As the editor of a newspaper, I believe passionately in the freedom of the press and I will fight any attempts to remove legitimate content2

Obviously said with tongue in cheek eh judging by your censorship of comments or even when we are allowed to comment on stories.
The case of the benefits thief is a case in point, not allowed to comment on our judicial system as there was an immigrant involved but had the thief had an English sounding name it would have been open season.
"Ian Savage, editor-in-chief of The Bolton News, said: “As the editor of a newspaper, I believe passionately in the freedom of the press and I will fight any attempts to remove legitimate content2 Obviously said with tongue in cheek eh judging by your censorship of comments or even when we are allowed to comment on stories. The case of the benefits thief is a case in point, not allowed to comment on our judicial system as there was an immigrant involved but had the thief had an English sounding name it would have been open season. cliff4treasurer
  • Score: 20

11:19am Thu 10 Jul 14

wsw69 says...

cliff4treasurer wrote:
"Ian Savage, editor-in-chief of The Bolton News, said: “As the editor of a newspaper, I believe passionately in the freedom of the press and I will fight any attempts to remove legitimate content2

Obviously said with tongue in cheek eh judging by your censorship of comments or even when we are allowed to comment on stories.
The case of the benefits thief is a case in point, not allowed to comment on our judicial system as there was an immigrant involved but had the thief had an English sounding name it would have been open season.
Absolutely spot-on!

Mr Savage is being very two-faced as the 'Editor' of a backwater of a snoozepaper.

They have even stopped comments on the most wanted.

I would have thought with all the none stories the BN runs, eg;
Helen 'I'm a crap actress and thicker than a whale butty' Flanagan,
Amir 'I'm a thug and f**k all like a role model' Khan,
Helen 'I'd s**g owt for cash and love being in the media' Wood, and that other bird Debbie 'I'm pretentious with a double barreled name' Halls Evans - that it's a wonder any of them are listed by Google.

There is no free speech or democracy where the BN is concerned. It is so grossly politically correct, so 5h1t scared so as not to upset the ethnic apple cart that we have to bow and pander to 'their tune'.

Democratic my ar5e!

As for the ruling about Google, I agree in some cases that people should be allowed to be 'forgotten' but NOT in cases of where they have been proven guilty of any crime.

As we are seeing, this isn't a well thought through ruling from the EU.

One BIG reason this country is in the state it is in is due to the meddling, dilapidated and doddering ancient idiots running the EU.

For that we can thank the Tories, the late Ted Heath to be 100% specific, who couldn't get us signed up quick enough.
[quote][p][bold]cliff4treasurer[/bold] wrote: "Ian Savage, editor-in-chief of The Bolton News, said: “As the editor of a newspaper, I believe passionately in the freedom of the press and I will fight any attempts to remove legitimate content2 Obviously said with tongue in cheek eh judging by your censorship of comments or even when we are allowed to comment on stories. The case of the benefits thief is a case in point, not allowed to comment on our judicial system as there was an immigrant involved but had the thief had an English sounding name it would have been open season.[/p][/quote]Absolutely spot-on! Mr Savage is being very two-faced as the 'Editor' of a backwater of a snoozepaper. They have even stopped comments on the most wanted. I would have thought with all the none stories the BN runs, eg; Helen 'I'm a crap actress and thicker than a whale butty' Flanagan, Amir 'I'm a thug and f**k all like a role model' Khan, Helen 'I'd s**g owt for cash and love being in the media' Wood, and that other bird Debbie 'I'm pretentious with a double barreled name' Halls Evans - that it's a wonder any of them are listed by Google. There is no free speech or democracy where the BN is concerned. It is so grossly politically correct, so 5h1t scared so as not to upset the ethnic apple cart that we have to bow and pander to 'their tune'. Democratic my ar5e! As for the ruling about Google, I agree in some cases that people should be allowed to be 'forgotten' but NOT in cases of where they have been proven guilty of any crime. As we are seeing, this isn't a well thought through ruling from the EU. One BIG reason this country is in the state it is in is due to the meddling, dilapidated and doddering ancient idiots running the EU. For that we can thank the Tories, the late Ted Heath to be 100% specific, who couldn't get us signed up quick enough. wsw69
  • Score: 35

11:48am Thu 10 Jul 14

owencoyle99 says...

cliff4treasurer wrote:
"Ian Savage, editor-in-chief of The Bolton News, said: “As the editor of a newspaper, I believe passionately in the freedom of the press and I will fight any attempts to remove legitimate content2

Obviously said with tongue in cheek eh judging by your censorship of comments or even when we are allowed to comment on stories.
The case of the benefits thief is a case in point, not allowed to comment on our judicial system as there was an immigrant involved but had the thief had an English sounding name it would have been open season.
the editor is certainly wrong with this statement
if you have freedom of press why do you not report any disturbances on Halliwell Road over Easter period when certain members of the community was fighting & police cars & helicopter was called
[quote][p][bold]cliff4treasurer[/bold] wrote: "Ian Savage, editor-in-chief of The Bolton News, said: “As the editor of a newspaper, I believe passionately in the freedom of the press and I will fight any attempts to remove legitimate content2 Obviously said with tongue in cheek eh judging by your censorship of comments or even when we are allowed to comment on stories. The case of the benefits thief is a case in point, not allowed to comment on our judicial system as there was an immigrant involved but had the thief had an English sounding name it would have been open season.[/p][/quote]the editor is certainly wrong with this statement if you have freedom of press why do you not report any disturbances on Halliwell Road over Easter period when certain members of the community was fighting & police cars & helicopter was called owencoyle99
  • Score: 8

11:54am Thu 10 Jul 14

Beyond News Forum says...

wsw69 wrote:
cliff4treasurer wrote:
"Ian Savage, editor-in-chief of The Bolton News, said: “As the editor of a newspaper, I believe passionately in the freedom of the press and I will fight any attempts to remove legitimate content2

Obviously said with tongue in cheek eh judging by your censorship of comments or even when we are allowed to comment on stories.
The case of the benefits thief is a case in point, not allowed to comment on our judicial system as there was an immigrant involved but had the thief had an English sounding name it would have been open season.
Absolutely spot-on!

Mr Savage is being very two-faced as the 'Editor' of a backwater of a snoozepaper.

They have even stopped comments on the most wanted.

I would have thought with all the none stories the BN runs, eg;
Helen 'I'm a crap actress and thicker than a whale butty' Flanagan,
Amir 'I'm a thug and f**k all like a role model' Khan,
Helen 'I'd s**g owt for cash and love being in the media' Wood, and that other bird Debbie 'I'm pretentious with a double barreled name' Halls Evans - that it's a wonder any of them are listed by Google.

There is no free speech or democracy where the BN is concerned. It is so grossly politically correct, so 5h1t scared so as not to upset the ethnic apple cart that we have to bow and pander to 'their tune'.

Democratic my ar5e!

As for the ruling about Google, I agree in some cases that people should be allowed to be 'forgotten' but NOT in cases of where they have been proven guilty of any crime.

As we are seeing, this isn't a well thought through ruling from the EU.

One BIG reason this country is in the state it is in is due to the meddling, dilapidated and doddering ancient idiots running the EU.

For that we can thank the Tories, the late Ted Heath to be 100% specific, who couldn't get us signed up quick enough.
Absolutely bang on...

BN do not like it when it happens to them.

So firstly I point out that the story has been asked top be removed, however being above the rules of a search engine BN decide to print a story about it and cry foul over censorship yet censor comments themselves. I LOL!

Just because Google removed the offending article it does not mean the other did. Google is NOT the be all and end all of Internet search.

So BN... are you going to continue your hypocrisy or are you going to un-censor every article on The Bolton News? Are you going to stop the deleting of comments also?

If not then you should remove this article... especially since it is hypocrisy at its finest.
[quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cliff4treasurer[/bold] wrote: "Ian Savage, editor-in-chief of The Bolton News, said: “As the editor of a newspaper, I believe passionately in the freedom of the press and I will fight any attempts to remove legitimate content2 Obviously said with tongue in cheek eh judging by your censorship of comments or even when we are allowed to comment on stories. The case of the benefits thief is a case in point, not allowed to comment on our judicial system as there was an immigrant involved but had the thief had an English sounding name it would have been open season.[/p][/quote]Absolutely spot-on! Mr Savage is being very two-faced as the 'Editor' of a backwater of a snoozepaper. They have even stopped comments on the most wanted. I would have thought with all the none stories the BN runs, eg; Helen 'I'm a crap actress and thicker than a whale butty' Flanagan, Amir 'I'm a thug and f**k all like a role model' Khan, Helen 'I'd s**g owt for cash and love being in the media' Wood, and that other bird Debbie 'I'm pretentious with a double barreled name' Halls Evans - that it's a wonder any of them are listed by Google. There is no free speech or democracy where the BN is concerned. It is so grossly politically correct, so 5h1t scared so as not to upset the ethnic apple cart that we have to bow and pander to 'their tune'. Democratic my ar5e! As for the ruling about Google, I agree in some cases that people should be allowed to be 'forgotten' but NOT in cases of where they have been proven guilty of any crime. As we are seeing, this isn't a well thought through ruling from the EU. One BIG reason this country is in the state it is in is due to the meddling, dilapidated and doddering ancient idiots running the EU. For that we can thank the Tories, the late Ted Heath to be 100% specific, who couldn't get us signed up quick enough.[/p][/quote]Absolutely bang on... BN do not like it when it happens to them. So firstly I point out that the story has been asked top be removed, however being above the rules of a search engine BN decide to print a story about it and cry foul over censorship yet censor comments themselves. I LOL! Just because Google removed the offending article it does not mean the other did. Google is NOT the be all and end all of Internet search. So BN... are you going to continue your hypocrisy or are you going to un-censor every article on The Bolton News? Are you going to stop the deleting of comments also? If not then you should remove this article... especially since it is hypocrisy at its finest. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 9

11:55am Thu 10 Jul 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Oh and to note: No report writer liability LMAO

Anyone notice that?
Oh and to note: No report writer liability LMAO Anyone notice that? Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 2

12:04pm Thu 10 Jul 14

wsw69 says...

Beyond News Forum wrote:
Oh and to note: No report writer liability LMAO

Anyone notice that?
Ha ha, I noticed that too.

No finger no pointy
[quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: Oh and to note: No report writer liability LMAO Anyone notice that?[/p][/quote]Ha ha, I noticed that too. No finger no pointy wsw69
  • Score: 8

12:12pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Tim Burr says...

Most removed comments are removed because of racism, be it direct or veiled.
The Bolton News is not compelled to allow comments and can withdraw the feature anytime it feels fit. If most of you weren't the same person trolling the site, arguing with yourself continually, there would be very little need for moderation. There are of course many forums where liked minded people can vent their spleen without the need to be a troll - maybe you'll get lucky and further your bigotry with fellow keyboard warriors, because most are cowards on their own.
Most removed comments are removed because of racism, be it direct or veiled. The Bolton News is not compelled to allow comments and can withdraw the feature anytime it feels fit. If most of you weren't the same person trolling the site, arguing with yourself continually, there would be very little need for moderation. There are of course many forums where liked minded people can vent their spleen without the need to be a troll - maybe you'll get lucky and further your bigotry with fellow keyboard warriors, because most are cowards on their own. Tim Burr
  • Score: -37

3:51pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Balboa says...

Removal of "out of date" articles presumably means Google will erase the entire history of the worls then?

WW1, WW2, Maddie McCann, Baby P, never happened then?
Removal of "out of date" articles presumably means Google will erase the entire history of the worls then? WW1, WW2, Maddie McCann, Baby P, never happened then? Balboa
  • Score: 1

6:20pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Up The Revolution says...

Tim Burr wrote:
Most removed comments are removed because of racism, be it direct or veiled.
The Bolton News is not compelled to allow comments and can withdraw the feature anytime it feels fit. If most of you weren't the same person trolling the site, arguing with yourself continually, there would be very little need for moderation. There are of course many forums where liked minded people can vent their spleen without the need to be a troll - maybe you'll get lucky and further your bigotry with fellow keyboard warriors, because most are cowards on their own.
Tim you're adorable, how did you get to be so good and saintly ??
[quote][p][bold]Tim Burr[/bold] wrote: Most removed comments are removed because of racism, be it direct or veiled. The Bolton News is not compelled to allow comments and can withdraw the feature anytime it feels fit. If most of you weren't the same person trolling the site, arguing with yourself continually, there would be very little need for moderation. There are of course many forums where liked minded people can vent their spleen without the need to be a troll - maybe you'll get lucky and further your bigotry with fellow keyboard warriors, because most are cowards on their own.[/p][/quote]Tim you're adorable, how did you get to be so good and saintly ?? Up The Revolution
  • Score: 1

7:15pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Tim Burr wrote:
Most removed comments are removed because of racism, be it direct or veiled.
The Bolton News is not compelled to allow comments and can withdraw the feature anytime it feels fit. If most of you weren't the same person trolling the site, arguing with yourself continually, there would be very little need for moderation. There are of course many forums where liked minded people can vent their spleen without the need to be a troll - maybe you'll get lucky and further your bigotry with fellow keyboard warriors, because most are cowards on their own.
BullSh!t - Don't spin this on its head, the fact is that the BN are being hypocrites. They today censor the top story again. So what if a few racists vent their frustrations, it is their opinion. If people cannot read beyond the words of a 'racist' (coined by those who suppress opinion and wish to continue and further hatred in America) then they are fickle minded.

Free Speech is one thing, but freedom of opinion is very much another, There is a majority over there that have very ill feeling towards the people of this country and visa versa. Let them stand out - their prerogative. Don;t be so feeble minded... as for talking about trolls - stop being a trollist.
[quote][p][bold]Tim Burr[/bold] wrote: Most removed comments are removed because of racism, be it direct or veiled. The Bolton News is not compelled to allow comments and can withdraw the feature anytime it feels fit. If most of you weren't the same person trolling the site, arguing with yourself continually, there would be very little need for moderation. There are of course many forums where liked minded people can vent their spleen without the need to be a troll - maybe you'll get lucky and further your bigotry with fellow keyboard warriors, because most are cowards on their own.[/p][/quote]BullSh!t - Don't spin this on its head, the fact is that the BN are being hypocrites. They today censor the top story again. So what if a few racists vent their frustrations, it is their opinion. If people cannot read beyond the words of a 'racist' (coined by those who suppress opinion and wish to continue and further hatred in America) then they are fickle minded. Free Speech is one thing, but freedom of opinion is very much another, There is a majority over there that have very ill feeling towards the people of this country and visa versa. Let them stand out - their prerogative. Don;t be so feeble minded... as for talking about trolls - stop being a trollist. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 1

8:28pm Thu 10 Jul 14

DAUBHILL85 says...

Another good reason to leave the E.U.
Also unfortunately it's too late to send the hundreds of thousands of immigrants from the E.U packing for home who have come here in their hundreds of thousands over the years for the free housing, nhs, benefits, etc,etc,.
RACIST ME !!!! no just sick of what I see where I live... most of Africa are here, and can only speak English when it suits them, and if it don't suit them well just get an interpreter at the taxpayers expense... why should they care
Another good reason to leave the E.U. Also unfortunately it's too late to send the hundreds of thousands of immigrants from the E.U packing for home who have come here in their hundreds of thousands over the years for the free housing, nhs, benefits, etc,etc,. RACIST ME !!!! no just sick of what I see where I live... most of Africa are here, and can only speak English when it suits them, and if it don't suit them well just get an interpreter at the taxpayers expense... why should they care DAUBHILL85
  • Score: 1

9:00pm Thu 10 Jul 14

boltonnut says...

Some wonderful true comments on here today,except for Tiny Tim's. The B.N. news does not like it when they are censored and erased.Now you know how we feel.You will get more respect if you print the whole story and not omit what you choose to.The B.N. printed Syrian activist as the main headline.The a-hole is a pervert and paedo,print that If you dare.
Some wonderful true comments on here today,except for Tiny Tim's. The B.N. news does not like it when they are censored and erased.Now you know how we feel.You will get more respect if you print the whole story and not omit what you choose to.The B.N. printed Syrian activist as the main headline.The a-hole is a pervert and paedo,print that If you dare. boltonnut
  • Score: -3

9:07pm Thu 10 Jul 14

JustBecause says...

Balboa wrote:
Removal of "out of date" articles presumably means Google will erase the entire history of the worls then?

WW1, WW2, Maddie McCann, Baby P, never happened then?
Items can only be removed by asking for them to be removed,they are not removed because of time.
[quote][p][bold]Balboa[/bold] wrote: Removal of "out of date" articles presumably means Google will erase the entire history of the worls then? WW1, WW2, Maddie McCann, Baby P, never happened then?[/p][/quote]Items can only be removed by asking for them to be removed,they are not removed because of time. JustBecause
  • Score: 5
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