A news report about the conversion of George Osborne’s brother to Islam has been hidden by Google.
The article, published five years ago and detailing the marriage of Dr Adam Osborne to Islam in preparation for his marriage to a Bangladeshi-born plastic surgeon, was removed from search listings by the internet giant.
The original story, on a British newspaper website, remains online.
It revealed how Dr Osborne had been studying the Koran and given the name Mohammed for the ceremony.
Dr Osborne was later suspended from practice by the General Medical Council for six months after being found guilty “serious misconduct” when he falsified a prescription for drugs for an escort.
The removal from listings came after a request to Google from an unknown person.
It follows a highly controversial ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling in the European Court of Justice last month which gave people the right to have “inadequate”, “irrelevant” or “no longer relevant” search results removed from internet searches.
Critics have denounced the ruling as an assault on free speech that will allow criminals and disgraced politicians to hide their past from the public…
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Apparently not hidden in Canada anyway. Google on “UK adam osborne convert to Islam” and I find the story at least one place, The Daily Mail.
Lots of results using Bing, too.
Update: Google backs down in censorship row: Google has backed down in a row over free speech by re-instating links to news stories it had previously stripped from the internet.
The company was accused of over-zealously tearing down links to webpages following demands from people claiming their so-called “right to be forgotten.”
But links to articles which had previously been deleted have now re-appeared on the website after public outcry at what many viewed as unacceptable censorship of the internet.
Google has declined to comment on the re-appearing links, but this morning insisted the process of deleting search results was still “work in progress.”