We got censored for posting THIS

On 21. September 2018 Marius Reikerås, a Norwegian Human Rights Activist, posted a photo of Leen Suzanne, praising her for her efforts for Children’s Rights in Norway. Almost a year later on 20. August 2019 Facebook took this photo down and informed Mr. Reikerås (translated from Norwegian):

„Your post violates our standards of harassment and bullying. No one else can see your post. We have these standards because we want everyone on Facebook to feel respected and welcomed.“

But the story doesn’t end here. Reikerås got blocked for 30 days and was informed that next time he will be blocked for half a year.  What’s the story behind this photo? The photo was taken in Warsaw/Poland where Mr. Reikerås was celebrating with Ms. Suzanne that she was finally free from public custody. Suzanne fled to Poland when she was 14 years old, because Norway’s child welfare system totally overlooked her rights. They fed her drug after drug that she didn’t need and put her life at an enormous risk. In fact she was nearly killed. Reikerås wrote under the photo:

„Leen Suzanne: a hero who will change Norway’s child welfare and strengthen children’s rights. Finally she is released from Norway’s notorious child welfare system. Please share!“

How can this harmless post from Sept. 2018 have anything to do with bullying? It was Leen Suzanne who got bullied and harassed by Norwegian authorities, and by censoring this photo on Facebook it now rather looks like someone wants to wipe that under the carpet.

The story still doesn’t end here. We at „Step up 4 Children’s Rights“ also posted this photo on Facebook to show support for Mr. Reikerås and Ms. Suzanne along with a brief explaination of the situation. Facebook removed it straight away and informed us that we had violated their community guidelines. Meanwhile we have even received messages from other Facebook users, saying that they also received warnings or got blocked after posting this photo.

This kind of censorship is a clear violation of Article 10 of the European convention on Human Rights. Article 10 provides the right to freedom of expression and information. This right includes the freedom to hold opinions, and to receive and impart information and ideas.“

[Photo: Marius Reikerås]