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Free speech should not be expunged by legal bullying!

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Usmanov free speechUsmanov move outrages UK bloggers

Craig Murray often hits where it hurts, Tim Ireland at Bloggerheads often causes dissent, Boris Johnson is a good laugh but you may not always agree with his point of view, Bob Piper is another humourous soul but I don’t agree with his politics. But I defend them all for their right to free speech and thought. Their sites were all taken down by their host after receiving litigious threats from Schillings acting on behalf of Alisher Usmanov.

It looks like Schilling and Usmanov did not wish to sue for libel or defamation, did not wish to have their day in court with Craig Murray, so instead bullied Fasthosts to close one of their servers, and in complying with this tactic sites authored by Bob Piper and Boris Johnson (who have never yet mentioned Usmanov) went offline too, Piper is back on line and Johnson should be back soon too with a new host.

Predictably the blogosphere in the UK and abroad has gone ballistic, Chicken Yoghurt has another huge list of those decrying the actions, Mr. Eugenides is venting his spleen, even Iain Dale chips in. I thank Rossinisbird for raising the matter here, I didn’t think it would escalate with such rapidity and fervour (although I should have done), bloggers have now managed to ensure that Usmanov and Schilling’s attempts to silence Craig Murray have singularly failed, you cannot delete the internet, and they must see that as no writs have been issued, no court cases scheduled, then no libels or defamations have been proved or disproved.

Such shoddy and brutally bullying efforts to silence free speech should never be allowed to succeed in this manner. I thought that Ed Balls recently launched a campaign against cyber bullying, perhaps he could have a little chat with David Miliband, South Shields MP, to see if he’s happy with Usmanov’s growing stake in Arsenal FC?

Never been keen on cyber bullying and legal threats, not nice at all.

List of bloggers currently carrying this story (probably out of date by time you read this)

Curious Hamster, Pickled Politics, Harry’s Place, Tim Worstall, Dizzy, Iain Dale, Ten Percent, Blairwatch, Davide Simonetti, Earthquake Cove, Turbulent Cleric (who suggests dropping a line to the FA about Mr Usmanov), Mike Power, Jailhouse Lawyer, Suesam, Devil’s Kitchen, The Cartoonist, Falco, Casualty Monitor, Forever Expat, Arseblog, Drink-soaked Trots (and another), Pitch Invasion, Wonko’s World, Roll A Monkey, Caroline Hunt, Westminster Wisdom, Chris K, Anorak, Mediawatchwatch, Norfolk Blogger, Chris Paul, Indymedia (with a list of Craig Murray’s articles that are currently unavailable), Obsolete, Tom Watson, Cynical Chatter, Reactionary Snob, Mr Eugenides, Matthew Sinclair, The Select Society, Liberal England, Davblog, Peter Gasston Pitch Perfect, Adelaide Green Porridge Cafe, Lunartalks, Tygerland, The Crossed Pond, Our Kingdom, Big Daddy Merk, Daily Mail Watch, Graeme’s, Random Thoughts, Nosemonkey, Matt Wardman, Politics in the Zeros, Love and Garbage, The Huntsman, Conservative Party Reptile, Ellee Seymour, Sabretache, Not A Sheep, Bartholomew’s Notes on Religion, The People’s Republic Of Newport, Life, the Universe & Everything, Arsenal Transfer Rumour Mill, The Green Ribbon, Blood & Treasure, The Last Ditch, Areopagitica, Football in Finland, An Englishman’s Castle, Freeborn John, Eursoc, The Back Four, Rebellion Suck!, Ministry of Truth, ModernityBlog, Beau Bo D’Or, Scots and Independent, The Splund, Bill Cameron, Podnosh, Dodgeblogium, Moving Target, Serious Golmal, Goonerholic, The Spine, Zero Point Nine, Lenin’s Tomb, The Durruti Column, The Bristol Blogger, ArseNews, David Lindsay, Quaequam Blog!, On A Quiet Day…, Kathz’s Blog, England Expects, Theo Spark, Duncan Borrowman, Senn’s Blog, Katykins, Jewcy, Kevin Maguire, Stumbling and Mumbling, Famous for 15 megapixels, Ordovicius, Tom Morris, AOL Fanhouse, Doctor Vee, The Curmudgeonly, The Poor Mouth, 1820, Hangbitch, Crooked Timber, ArseNole, Identity Unknown, Liberty Alone, Amused Cynicism, Clairwil, The Lone Voice, Tampon Teabag, Unoriginalname38, Special/Blown It, The Remittance Man, 18 Doughty Street, Laban Tall, Martin Bright, Spy Blog The Exile, poons, Jangliss, Who Knows Where Thoughts Come From?, Imagined Community, A Pint of Unionist Lite, Poldraw, Disillusioned And Bored, Error Gorilla, Indigo Jo, Swiss Metablog, Kate Garnwen Truemors, Asn14, D-Notice, The Judge, Political Penguin, Miserable Old Fart, Jottings, fridgemagnet, Blah Blah Flowers, J. Arthur MacNumpty, Tony Hatfield, Grendel, Charlie Whitaker, Matt Buck, The Waendel Journal, Marginalized Action Dinosaur, SoccerLens, Toblog, John Brissenden East Lower, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Peter Black AM, Boing Boing, BLTP, Gunnerblog, LFB UK, Liberal Revolution, Wombles, Focus on Sodbury…, Follow The Money, Freedom and Whisky, Melting Man, PoliticalHackUK, Simon Says…, Daily EM, From The Barrel of a Gun, The Fourth Place, The Armchair News Blog, Journalist und Optimist, Bristol Indymedia, Dave Weeden, Up North John, Gizmonaut, Spin and Spinners, Marginalia, Arnique, Heather Yaxley, The Whiskey Priest, On The Beat, Paul Canning, Martin Stabe, Mat Bowles, Pigdogfucker, Rachel North, B3TA board, Naqniq, Yorkshire Ranter, The Home Of Football, UFO Breakfast Recipients, Moninski , Kerching, e-clectig, Mediocracy, Sicily Scene, Samizdata, I blog, they blog, weblog, Colcam, Some Random Thoughts, Bel is thinking, Vino S, Simply Jews, Atlantic Free Press, Registan, Filasteen, Britblog Roundup #136, Scientific Misconduct Blog, Adam Bowie, Duncan at Abcol, Camera Anguish, A Very British Dude, Whatever, Central News, Green Gathering, Leighton Cooke (224).

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Written by curly

September 24, 2007 at 1:04 pm

Posted in Blogging, Freedom, liberty, News

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  1. That’s absolutely insane.
    Just saying Sheesh! doesn’t seem to be a very strong message– but Sheesh! I can’t help it.

    Tricia

    September 25, 2007 at 3:39 am

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