Hacking Attacks on Sannyas News
Sannyas News is an old enterprise. A few of us first got a paper edition together back in 1985/6 here in London. Motivation then was that there was very little news about Osho – as he was on a world tour where no-one seemed to want him to land, etc and we were able through our own contacts to get bits of news directly. In addition we gave publicity to the fact that the English Medina commune had broke up – but there was plenty of money available from the sale of the property and land that Medina was created on. Rightly or wrongly some of us who had given several years of our lives to creating Medina felt that money should go to a new British Buddhafield – but it was signed away into what was to become Osho International. About £400,000 at the time. So that was the beginning, an issue and an absence of real news.
Our paper was often rebuffed by the “authorities” mainly because we gave space to those who wanted to write freely and were not seen as the best PR for Osho and his movement. Several times we were accused of “Yellow Journalism” by Poona, though we are still unclear what that meant! But one may ask what was the use of PR, or is the use of PR, when the whole picture had been blown by Sheela and her cohorts and their criminal or mentally ill behaviours in Oregon?
We do not know from where the two major hacking attacks on Sannyas News came, the first in 2008, and the one on December 24th, 2010. Could have been from any direction. Certainly we do have enemies, but it is all a little silly as we are a small site with what most would argue is a minority democratic orientation as to the future of “Sannyas”. The “Sannyas” we envisage does not exclude those who have become enlightened through Osho’s work and fully acknowledge him in their own development.
The best surmise is that the hacking of our site is to do with our open and uncensored (noticeboard in 2008) and our open and uncensored blogs in 2010. At this stage we are interested in what our site users think and grateful for any feedback in the comments to this Editorial.
We are volunteers and do this site as a service (and cover the modest costs involved in keeping together such a site). This service includes the monthly listings and the community noticeboard, and we have been thanked widely for this over the years by the sannyasin on the street. But when we get hacking attacks it does take up quite a lot of our time and energy putting things right.