Australian police censor spider man
Padraig Reidy: Spider man: Friday free speech hero
19 Mar 10

David Thorne is already an internet legend. He’s the man responsible for this drawing of a spider:

spider drawing

If you’ve never seen that drawing of a spider, then you need to read this now.

Anyway, Thorne recently posted an article about his (fake) plans to become a drug dealer, which drew the attention of South Australia police.

He received this letter:

thorne police letter

Clearly, this kind of thing can’t be taken lying down. Thorne responded:

From: David Thorne
Date: Friday 26 February 2010 8.12pm
To: Michael Harding
Subject: Censorship

Dear Mike,
Thank you for your letter. At no time have I condoned the use of drugs. I simply stated that I wish to purchase and sell them at a profit. I do however understand the importance of censorship. Without an enforced system of guidance from agencies such as yours, people would be forced to exercise their own discretion.
Regards, David.

It gets better. Read the whole lot here

By Padraig Reidy

Padraig Reidy is the editor of Little Atoms and a columnist for Index on Censorship. He has also written for The Observer, The Guardian, and The Irish Times.