While the main Fathers4Justice domain isn't blocked at present, a newer campaign site, Contactdeniers.com is categorised as "hate" and thus cannot be accessed by up to 100 million people worldwide. The site in question "is for the naming and shaming of contact deniers - parents, solicitors, judges, Cafcass officers, MP’s and any other parties involved in contact denial and the forcible separation of children from their fathers." It's relatively new so far from complete, perhaps readers of this blog can help out by adding an entry or two?
Fathers4Justice certainly aren't above criticism, they do occasionally engage in very minor acts of law breaking and these type of sites may also run into legal troubles if false information is added. However, none of this is the business of any ISP and it most certainly doesn't constitute hate. The tactics of Father4Justice are very tame compared to countless other activist groups campaigning on different issues, and it's telling that even an openly violent and transphobic radical feminist environmental group such as Deep Green Resistance gets classed as "politics" and is therefore freely accessible to all.
There are wider issues to consider here too, Father4Justice use the motto of "The Campaign against the Fatherless Society", and their Name and Shame campaign has the motto that "contact denial is child abuse". If O2 and Symantec block such sites, then are they in favour of the move towards a fatherless society? If they seek to protect contact deniers and even believe exposing such conduct to be "hate" then presumably they support these violations of the human rights of men and children? Rather than blocking these men's human rights organisations, it is surely the duty of ISPs to enable young adults to learn about and access websites of organisations who stand up for their rights. One of the more vocal and successful Fathers4Justice campaigners of late is under 18 herself!
In a way I actually welcome this move by these companies. Poking one of the bigger beasts of the men's rights movements with a stick in this way really can't be expected to end well for O2/Symantec. As in all other cases I'll be emailing F4J to let them know all about this and I don't expect they'll be best pleased and if anyone who has contacts at Father4Justice could do the same then it would really be appreciated Perhaps some O2 and Symantec executives will be even find themselves added to the name and shame list…
by John Kimble