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Summary: 3 parallel investigations underway regarding the muzzling of the media by the European Patent Office (EPO) and top EPO executives including Željko Topić
TECHRIGHTS currently has several strands of exploration into media suppression by the EPO, not only in Munich but also in Germany and abroad (not just us). A lot of people in the media don’t wish to talk about it (the wrath of their boss/es), but gradually we are starting to learn more about several different news channels, newspapers, and portals. Some of this is still work on progress, pending verification of facts.
“Even an editor got contacted, but fortunately these attempts to censor articles (yes, in bulk) about Topić were not successful on this occasion, unlike past occasions.”Having made some telephone calls (with people in Croatia), one should accept that we are not reliant on hearsay. We now know for sure is that Željko Topić is still trying to suppress Croatian media (this isn’t particularly new, as we showed before, but it’s still ongoing). This is exactly the kind of thing we have come to expect from the Battistellites, who are unable to accept any form of criticism (they totally lose their temper and even threaten the media).
While we’re still exploring/researching potential DDOS aspects of it (work in progress) what we can say, based on verification, is that Topić and/or his lawyers (we’re told at least one judge is close to Topić’s latest law firm) are asking Web sites to remove articles. Even an editor got contacted, but fortunately these attempts to censor articles (yes, in bulk) about Topić were not successful on this occasion, unlike past occasions. Can history be rewritten by omission and litigation (again and again)? Is it true that someone was paid to hack? Not sure yet, but this is the subject of an ongoing investigation, which can take weeks (we are not divulging any information which cannot be verified yet).
“People would be absolutely right (or justified) to assume that there is suppression going on in the media, and the EPO has a lot to do with it.”This is only the tip of the iceberg. We know of several other channels in which censorship (or self-censorship) is said to have become commonplace when it comes to EPO scandals. The EPO is still combating information about EPO abuses, by all means possible, as otherwise the Bavarian government will increasingly intervene (if properly informed).
People would be absolutely right (or justified) to assume that there is suppression going on in the media, and the EPO has a lot to do with it. We still don’t know why the BBC spiked a story about the EPO's attack on bloggers (self-censorship of censorship). █