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Sunday, November 3, 2013
CYBER WOLF HUNT - ONE DOWN & ....
It’s amazing how things turn in this
life. One minute you’re the top dog and the next your nose is being rubbed in
A short while agoBBC Radio JerseypresenterMurrayNorton was leading a pack of
cyber-wolves relentlessly howling for Simon Abbott’s blood on Twitter and Facebook.
The only thing that stopped them was Simon’s
tragic death aged just 47 (See my posts
TALKING ILL OF THE DEAD; DID CYBER– BULLIES KILL SIMON ABBOTTetc).
Metamorphosis of MURRAY NORTON
Like all bullies Nortonneeded the support of his pack of 5, 10 or goodness knows
how many. They were hunting this one man determined to stop him raising
money for a post natal charity he set up in memory of his sister Samantha Abbott.
You need to be really brave to mount a
campaign with those odds in your favour. But that’s what wolves do. They don’t
last long as loners.
Thanks to the FRIENDS OF SIMON on the Channel
Island of Jersey
the odds have now evened up and the pack is in disarray. But sadly not in time
to save Simon.
Significantly the alpha maleNortonhas
just lost his BBC radio voiceand he
appears to be equally silent on social media.
On 30 October Norton announced on his 9-12 slot that this would be his last day for the foreseeable future.
Friends with NORTON since 2011
Almost a year to the day
earlier it was announced that Norton was re-joining BBC Radio Jersey. At the time Jon Gripton the BBC’smanaging editor in Jersey said:Everyoneknows Murray
and there’s no doubt he’s the Island’s best
music broadcaster. I’ve been asking for months and I’m thrilled he’s finally said
yes to a weekday show back on the BBC.
GRIPTON in the flesh
Norton was hosting a three hour show every week day. A freelance he
started with the BBC 28 years ago
and presented weekly shows until 2006
when he left for a stint on the Island’s commercial Channel
Now members of Jersey’s Parliament known as the States are at last making a move to outlaw cyber-bullying thanks in
no small measure to member Deputy TrevorPitman.
good might still come out of Simon’s death.
Pitman raised Simon’s case and asked the Home Affairs Minister Senator IanLe Marquand if he was aware of any complaints to the police that the BBC was involved in cyber-bullying against an Islander who had subsequently died.
The Senator replied: The circumstances of this deathare the subject of an inquest
and the States police are continuing to report to the Deputy Viscount (Coroner)
in this regard.
The Jersey Evening Post that has up to now completely
ignored Simon’s horrendous
experience reported that Le Marquand
said later that he believed cyber-bullying was aproblem.As a
politician he expected this sort of thing as it went with the job. But if it
got too bad he usually asked the police to investigate.
He added: For certain people
whose lives are mucharound Facebook and Twitter, and particularly young people who
spend a lot of time online, the fact that they are being unfairly slagged off,
threatened even, that is a very difficult experience for them.
There is a need to
protect vulnerable people.
Who is Norton apart from being an ex-Jersey Radio DJ? Well if his
internet CV is to be believed he has
an impressive pedigree.
He’s experienced most things in the
media world. And apart from his
radio DJing which I have already
mentioned, he’s done online TV
presenting fromLondon; southern Spain
and as far away as Dallas
He appeared on stage in a record
breaking run of the musical Grease and played the landlord in
the movie An Imaginary Summer.
Another of his brags is that he’s the busiest compere inJersey and an expert in charity fund raising having beendirectly involved with over
2-million pounds of local fund raising.
No wonder he didn’t want Simon’s charity watering down his
collections on the Island.
But that’s not all. Norton writes for newspapers and magazines and is a qualified chef.
He has two restaurants in Jersey,Murray’s
where you can often see him serving at tables
and chatting tohis customers.
So you would think that somebody with that kind of background would have been
a lot more responsible than to sink to the social media underworld of
He can now add NOTORIOUS CYBER-BULLY to his CV.
Fortunately it looks as though good
will triumph over evil with Jersey’s
cyber-bullies set to get a much more potent version of their own medicine.
FRIENDS OF SIMONyou are winning.
People like thisneed to be exposed. Thanks again. Just keep