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Agencyspy is all caught up: Adblogger Gets Death Threats etc. Over Human Rights Ads posted on Her Site

Our colleague and friend Ask Dabitch Wappling, who writes commentary on the 43,000 ads she hosts on commercial-archive (Adland) told us yesterday that she’s been receiving death threats and serious trolling attacks from pro-Chinese Web junkies.


The ads in question were produced for the Red Cross of Sweden, and depict images of human rights violations by Nepalese armed forces. Accompanying the images are the logos used for the 2008 Beijing Olympic games. For instance, the track and field (running) logo is set in the corner of an image of a man running from armed forces during what appears to be a protest.


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Wappling said the Red Cross has had it much worse than she, by way of threats and DOS attacks on their Web site.

Furthermore, Wappling said that her servers have crashed at least three times due to DOS attacks. Her site has also apparently been attached to the word “prostitute” in Google search.

“If this happens to me - an adblog that simply showed a campaign - then what do real journalists who write about China have to endure? That’s scary,” said Wappling.

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Dabitch Creative Director, CEO, hell-raising sweetheart and editor of Adland. Globetrotting Swede who has lived and worked in New York, London, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Stockholm.

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