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UK Lawyers Are Shutting Down Blogs Left and Right

zarloq2 (1160039) writes | more than 6 years ago

Censorship 7

zarloq2 (1160039) writes "Craig Murray's site, along with several other UK-based political blogs have been shut down in response Usmanov's lawyers putting pressure on his webhost.

Here's an excerpt from the sports.aol.com blog:
Craig Murray, the former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan, is badmouthing Alisher Usmanov, the billionaire Russian steel magnate attempting to take over Premier League club Arsenal (UK football club), because he wants to sell you a book he wrote about his experience in that former Soviet republic. It has become clear today, however, that whatever Murray is attempting to sell, Usmanov and his lawyers do not want anyone to buy it.
According to Tom Dunmore at PitchInvasion.net, Craig Murray's web site was taken off line today after sustained pressure on Murray's web hosting provider from Schillings, the London law firm representing Usmanov. What's more, Schillings has also managed to put the kibosh on political site Bloggerheads three days after Tim Ireland wrote this piece on Schillings' cease & desist letters."

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7 comments

Ah England, they learned a lot from Fascism (1)

gurps_npc (621217) | more than 6 years ago | (#20703637)

It is a shame to think they fought WWII on the side of the angels, but now have fallen for the lure of the dark side.

Re:Ah England, they learned a lot from Fascism (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20703995)

At least they stood up and fought fascism, rather than waiting until the tide had turned before entering the war....

Re:Ah England, they learned a lot from Fascism (1)

Haeleth (414428) | more than 6 years ago | (#20704249)

Despite the sensationalist headline, this is nothing to do with fascism, or even censorship -- the government is not involved. This is a simple case of a rich and powerful man, believing that he's being libelled, getting his lawyers to send cease-and-desist letters to web hosts, who decide that they're safer complying. It happens in America too, you know.

I know mindless Britain-bashing is popular on Slashdot these days, because ZOMG TEH BIG BROTHAR IS WATCHING U!!! and all that, but honestly, this is getting silly. A few local councils installing CCTV cameras in public places does not mean the end of civilisation as we know it, and a foolish and outspoken man having his blog pulled because he's putting his web hosts in danger of a nasty lawsuit does not mean that the secret police are about to start kicking doors down and dragging people off to the gulag. Is it too much to ask that people look at things in perspective for once?

Re:Ah England, they learned a lot from Fascism (1)

memoriesofgreen (784598) | more than 6 years ago | (#20705501)

I was going to make a huge stand about this. I thought it doesn't matter about the argument, I'll defend the right of the person to argue it. Then I read past the summary and realised this is about football and just can't care.

Am I missing something, or really is this fuss just about arsenal?

Re:Ah England, they learned a lot from Fascism (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20763569)

You fuckin cretin.

I know mindless Britain-bashing is popular on Slashdot these days

It's not mindless, as a British citizen I hate being watched all the time. There are many, very valid, reasons for opposing the over-use of cameras to spy on people. Also it's not Britain-bashing, it's bashing one of the many Kafka-esque bureaucracies that are destroying personal liberties, beyond naming-and-shaming the source country is irrelevant; that Britain is mentioned often is an indication that the country is in trouble in this respect.

because ZOMG TEH BIG BROTHAR IS WATCHING U!!!

Funnily enough, you're the only person who's put it like this. Thus credulous fools are caught.

Re:Ah England, they learned a lot from Fascism (1)

rgaginol (950787) | more than 6 years ago | (#20714799)

This has nothing to do with England. Lawyers transcend countries;)

Re:Ah England, they learned a lot from Fascism (1)

gurps_npc (621217) | more than 6 years ago | (#20729147)

Lawyers use laws. The fact that lawyers have the right to sue and close down blogs over statements like this IS an act of an Authoratitive government. In a more liberal/free government, the laws would NOT allow someone to shut a website over crap like this.
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