Google Drops Controversial Inquisition 21 Site From Listings

Internet search engine Google has delisted a controversial Web site that campaigns on behalf of several Westerners convicted of sex crimes in Cambodia and which is a staunch critic of the Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center.

Inquisition 21, which claims to represent people opposed to “absolutionist” doctrines relating to child sex abuse and child pornography, is still operational, but can no longer be found through Google.

The Web site calls for the freeing of New Zealander Graham Cleghorn, who is serving 20 years in a Cambodian jail for multiple rapes, and Australian Bart “Lucky” Lauwaert, who is serving the same period for child sex crimes.

The Web site has repeatedly accused the CWCC of paying girls to give false testimony against foreigners charged with sex crimes.

Inquisition 21 has accused Google of supporting the governments of the US and the UK in their alleged bid to suppress critical inquiry into child porn investigations.

Brian Rothery, the Web site’s Ireland-based editor, wrote by e-mail that he is concerned that the delisting will affect the site’s ability to influence the Australian and New Zealand governments.

CWCC Executive Director Chanthol Oung said she was pleased with Google’s decision.

“I think it is very good news,” she said. “Clearly it is linked with pedophile supporters.”

Mu Sochua, the former minister of women’s affairs and a bete noir of Inquisition 21, said she too was pleased.

“The site should never have been searched [for] in the first place,” she added.

Google did not respond to a request for comment.


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