[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

when your community is targeted

Get weekly updates

RSS feeds and more

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate via Stripe

Donate via Paypal

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind Watch is a registered educational charity, founded in 2005.

News Watch Home

Blacked-out text about windfarms 

Credit:  The Press and Journal, www.pressandjournal.co.uk 15 February 2011 ~~

Your story (February 11) on Highland Council censorship of internet comments relating to windfarms across the Highlands is unsettling to say the least.

Not only are references to any protected species blacked out (even on SNH’s contributions), names, addresses, signatures or a combination of some or all of these are also blacked out.

In their determination to implement Scottish Government policy to cover the country with windmills, no matter how inefficient and remote from the end user, planning officials have resorted to using the euphemism “redaction” to describe their activity.

Now, to redact is defined as “putting into literary form”, “editing” or “preparing for publication”. It does not mean suppressing information in a way which renders a document unreadable and non-attributable.

Blacked-out bodies of text have no place in any free society, and I hope members of the Highland Council will bring their officials to heel.

Even following your story, the contributions to Burn of Whilk (Yarrows) retain blacked-out sections, and the latest comment I have sent has not been displayed.

Neither have the more than 300 other comments received before the scheme was “modified” been published, seriously underplaying the strength of feeling on this particular scheme which is due for a hearing next month.

Are councillors aware of what is going on under their noses, or do they not care? With an election looming, the public might like to reflect on who actually runs the show.

Islay MacLeod,

Thrumster House,


Source:  The Press and Journal, www.pressandjournal.co.uk 15 February 2011

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Contributions
   Donate via Stripe
(via Stripe)
Donate via Paypal
(via Paypal)


e-mail X FB LI M TG TS G Share

News Watch Home

Get the Facts
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.


Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook Wind Watch on Linked In

Wind Watch on Mastodon Wind Watch on Truth Social

Wind Watch on Gab Wind Watch on Bluesky