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LOCOG strikes again! Newsagent's Olympic bunting targeted
25 Jul 2012
BY PADRAIG REIDY

We really don’t want to go on about this…no, actually, lets.

After the Twitter censorship, the links policy fiasco, and the Box Hill newsletter ban, the organisers of the London Olympics have turned their attention to an east London newsagent who sought to celebrate the Olympics with bunting on his shop.

According to the Hackney Citizen, Hamdy Shahein, who runs Hamdy’s News in Stoke Newington, London, was visited by council enforcement officers on Saturday and told he had to remove his Olympic-themed bunting. It was reported that the Trading Standards Officers were even backed up by a police van!

Hamdy, who is popular and renowned in the neighbourhood for his refusal to stock porn magazines, was said to be shocked by the incident, particularly as he had paid for official bunting, so could not see how he could be in breach of any law.

Where will the Olympic copyright curse strike next? Tweet us @indexcensorship if you wake up to find yourself on the wrong side of LOCOG.

Padraig Reidy

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.
Padraig Reidy

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  9. Trading Standard Apologise

    Date 20 August 2012

    Dear Mr Tonge,

    Thank you for your letter 14 August 2012 and 17th August 2012 respectively. The latter was handed to to me in person by Mr Tonge.

    AS you must be aware I had a massive support from the community regarding this unfortunate incident. It was a member of the public seeing the injustice felt it necessary to complain to Hackney Council.

    Although your apology and the offer is a step in the right direction. Obviously circumstances dictated this once you had found out that the Trading Standards Officers had erred contrary to your initial position. If I am being honest the offer is not proportionate to the many aspects of the law that has been breached. Furthermore the amount of £200 is a paltry sum of money, since it does not take into account slander, libel and/or harassment to name a few statutes of law that has been breached by the council.

    So in other words if I was going to pursue this matter further within the courts. I am sure you are aware that I would be awarded more than the sum offered at present. And to compound
    issues there is the matter of costs also. However, I do not intend to pursue this course of action, even though many within the community have been encouraging me to do so. I have taken into consideration primarily my past working experience with Mr. ( the T S Officer was on duty that day) as it relates to the matter of firework inspection within my store.

    The offer that you propose to send I will be donating to a respectable charity. So if you do feel the need to increase the sum then I am sure the charity
    concerned (viz McMillan Cancer Care) will be very appreciative, especially in this current economic climate.

    Thanks for your consideration.

    Hamdy Shahein
    Director

  10. Trading Standard Apologise

    Date 20 August 2012

    Dear Mr Tonge,

    Thank you for your letter 14 August 2012 and 17th August 2012 respectively. The latter was handed to to me in person by Mr Tonge.

    AS you must be aware I had a massive support from the community regarding this unfortunate incident. It was a member of the public seeing the injustice felt it necessary to complain to Hackney Council.

    Although your apology and the offer is a step in the right direction. Obviously circumstances dictated this once you had found out that the Trading Standards Officers had erred contrary to your initial position. If I am being honest the offer is not proportionate to the many aspects of the law that has been breached. Furthermore the amount of £200 is a paltry sum of money, since it does not take into account slander, libel and/or harassment to name a few statutes of law that has been breached by the council.

    So in other words if I was going to pursue this matter further within the courts. I am sure you are aware that I would be awarded more than the sum offered at present. And to compound
    issues there is the matter of costs also. However, I do not intend to pursue this course of action, even though many within the community have been encouraging me to do so. I have taken into consideration primarily my past working experience with Mr. ( the T S Officer was on duty that day) as it relates to the matter of firework inspection within my store.

    The offer that you propose to send I will be donating to a respectable charity. So if you do feel the need to increase the sum then I am sure the charity
    concerned (viz McMillan Cancer Care) will be very appreciative, especially in this current economic climate.

    Thanks for your consideration.

    Hamdy Shahein
    Director

  11. Dan says:

    total shame, really

  12. Dan says:

    total shame, really

  13. Terry Thelwell says:

    Fancy having the nerve to spend your own money to put bunting up and trying to join in with the spirit of the olympics. How dare he try to bring a smile to peoples faces.
    The man should suffer a public thrashing at the hands of Hugh Hefner with rolled up porn magazines

  14. Terry Thelwell says:

    Fancy having the nerve to spend your own money to put bunting up and trying to join in with the spirit of the olympics. How dare he try to bring a smile to peoples faces.
    The man should suffer a public thrashing at the hands of Hugh Hefner with rolled up porn magazines

  15. Ray Cassidy says:

    That is bloody unbelievable nonsense. There should be a jobsworths watch set up. How many newsagents do you know who actually forgo the profits of porn?

  16. Ray Cassidy says:

    That is bloody unbelievable nonsense. There should be a jobsworths watch set up. How many newsagents do you know who actually forgo the profits of porn?

  17. Ray Cassidy says:

    That is bloody unbelievable nonsense. There should be a jobsworths watch set up.

  18. Ray Cassidy says:

    That is bloody unbelievable nonsense. There should be a jobsworths watch set up.

  19. Jason says:

    Quite right too, he could easily be mistaken by gullible tourists for being the official non-porn newsagent supplier of the Olympiadic Games 2012.

  20. Jason says:

    Quite right too, he could easily be mistaken by gullible tourists for being the official non-porn newsagent supplier of the Olympiadic Games 2012.