Freedom of Speech vs Censorship

Slow on the uptake I know but it appears that the bloated Uzbek plutocrat
who is gobbling up Arsenal doesn't take kindly to people being rude about him on
the web.

Alisher Usmanov
has been getting his lawyers, Schillings to threaten servers with
action due to a couple of posts by Tim Ireland and Craig Murray. The fact that I
am in no way a fan of either man and therir burbklings is neither here nor
there. This is a serious abuse of the internet and should have everybody
worried.

As Mr
E
points out,

But that's far from the point. If you can be silenced for calling
a businessman a crook, then you can be silenced for calling a politician a
crook, too. Then it's everyone's problem.

The offending articles have, for the time being been relocated to here and here.

A number of bloggers have been doing there thing to highlight the affair,
lifted from Chicken
Yoghurt
,

Linkage: Thanks to one and all, I think we can safely say the
genie is out of
the bottle: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
, Pitch
Invasion
, Wonko’s
World
, Roll A Monkey,
Caroline
Hunt
, Westminster
Wissdom
, 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, ReactionarySnob,
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
uck!
, Ministry
of Truth
, ModernityBlog,
Beau Bo D’Or, Scots
and Independent
, The
Splund
, Bill
Cameron
, Podnosh,
Dodgeblogium,
Moving
Target
, Serious
Golmal
(85).
…and to the person who was quick off the mark with Usmanov’s
Wikipedia
entry
.

Do join in

 

UPDATE: This from SpyBlog

It was particularly stupid of Schillings to try to censor political
blogging pioneer and online campaigner Tim Ireland, who has probably
forgotten more about the internet campaigning and things like Search
Engine Optimisation etc. than Schillings have ever known. No doubt Bloggerheads will soon re-appear online and will excoriate Schillings and their shady client.

Instead of a couple of obscure postings on Craig Murray's blog,
Schillings have now vastly increased the number of people who are
asking questions about the criminal past of their rich Uzbek client,
and his attempts to control Arsenal football club., and his corrupt
relationships with Islam Karimov the brutal dictator of Uzbekistan and with Putin's regime in Moscow.

Questions
should also now be asked about the other business associates of Alisher
Usmanov here in the UK, such as those involved in the Red and White
Holdings Limited company which is being used as the investment vehicle
to try to control Arsenal plc.

Hopefully the Serious Organised Crime Agency
will be taking an interest in the true sources of the money behind Red
and White Holdings Limited and will investigate. Alisher Usmanov and
his business partners such as David Dein
(who sold his block of Aresnal shares and is acting as chairman of Red
& White), the other Iranian born investor in Red & White,
former Deloitte accountant Farhad Moshiri and the firm of Field Fischer Waterhouse who have “advised” on the original deal.

Freedom of Speech or Censorship

HatTip England
Expects

 
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About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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