Intimidating Norwegian blogger failedMonday, February 19, 2007 at 4:21 | Posted in Bloggers' rights, Blogosphere, censorship, Freedom of speech | 4 Comments
Tags: cold calling, norway
The Norwegian blogger Jarle Bergersen wrote in December about the marketing procedures and especially some cold calls he had received from persons trying to promote the services of Nettkatalogen.no. He wrote that their telephone marketing was less than serious and the persons calling him did not have adequate knowledge of the services they were promoting. Nettkatalogen had an odd way to react to Bjarne’s post: they had their lawyer write a letter to Bjarne’s boss.
Bjarne Jarle works for Trygg og Sikker, a Norwegian company marketing various security devices. He had received the cold calls from Nettkatalogen in his capacity as an employee in the marketing department of Trygg og Sikker but he posted his critical remarks in his private blog. So why did Nettkatalogen choose to have their lawyer Peter L. Brechan from Haavind Vislie legal firm to write to his boss at Trygg og Sikker? Bjarne Jarle thinks they were trying to intimidate him to removing the post through his employer:
Det kan virke som om Nettkatalogen har fått det for seg at de kan true vekk innhold på nett. I dette tilfellet forsøker de altså å bruke min arbeidsgiver til å presse meg til å fjerne innhold i bloggen min de ikke setter pris på. Det ville kanskje ha fungert hvis jeg stod mindre sterkt i den jobben jeg har. Jeg kan spesielt se for meg problemer hvis jeg skulle ha vært så uheldig å ha en litt “dårlig” sjef og en jobb i et stort multinasjonalt selskap som ikke ønsker mye “bølger”.
Bjarne Jarle, he seems to have a good relationship with his boss and his position in the company is steady enough so this attempted intimidation did not work. Things certainly could have gone much worse for him.