The estimable Bishop Hill has a thread on censorship at The Guardian blog Comment is Free. (What is it with these ironic titles – Real Climate, Open Mind, Comment is Free?).
The Bishop says: “Not a comprehensive survey, but of the first 50 comments on Pachauri’s article in the Guardian, 18 were deleted. Criticism is forbidden.”
In fact, before the thread was closed, 362 posts were posted, of which 46 were deleted. It appears that the moderators initially tried to ‘manage’ the tide of sceptical comments, but later on simply gave up moderating, and closed the thread to further comment instead.
Many who had their comments at the Guardian deleted re-posted their comments at the Bishop’s thread. It is clear that most of the posts rejected could not have been rejected for breaching blog rules re politeness, tone etc.
This incident throws more light on the range of moderation policies adopted at various blogs. At least The Guardian, unlike other sites, makes it clear that it has deleted a post. However, it gives no reason for taking that action.
For details go visit the Bishop’s thread.