Dear readers Several of you have enquired how you can support Indymedia in their struggle to recover their information and their right to communicate. We attach this communication from them. Best wishes from all at APC ----- ACTION ALERT: Urgent Action In Support of Indymedia "An unacceptable attack on press freedom, free speech and privacy." On 7 October 2004 two Indymedia Web Servers were seized from the US-owned web hosting company Rackspace operating in London (UK), at the request of the US Justice Department, which apparently acted at the prompting of Italian and Swiss authorities. Indymedia is an global alternative media network that provides challenging and independent reporting, particularly of political and social justice issues, with a newswire where any member of the public can publish their own reports and articles. The seizure of the servers in London shut down around 20 different Indymedia websites including Ambazonia, Uruguay, Andorra, Poland, Western Massachusetts, Nice, Nantes, Lilles, Marseille, Euskal Herria (Basque Country), Liege, East and West Vlaanderen, Antwerpen (all Belgium), Belgrade, Portugal, Prague, Galiza, Italy, Brazil, UK, and parts of Germany Indymedia. Many are still offline, those few that have returned have suffered data loss. The particular legal framework under which the seizures took place is unknown. Five Days after the seizures there is still an almost total information blackout from the authorities in the UK, US, Switzeland and Italy. Indymedia still has no confirmation of who ordered the seizures, who took the servers in London, why the seizures took place, where the servers are now located, and whether they will be returned. We are concerned over the growing use of international co-operation frameworks by Governments and Law enforcement agencies which can be used to obscure clear legal process, and call for openness and clarity in international co-operation, to ensure due process and that civil liberties are protected. Statements of support for Indymedia and condemnation of the shutting down of over 20 Media outlets have been recieved from The Electronic Frontier Foundation, The International Federation of Journalists, the National Union of Journalists, Reporters Without Borders, World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters and many other organisations. Indymedia UK condemns the seizure of the servers as an unacceptable and unprecedented attack on press freedom, free speech and privacy and asks for urgent solidarity action in demanding: RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please write to the British Home Secretary and the US Attorney General: 1. Expressing grave concern at the action taken against Indymedia. 2. Demanding the immediate return of the servers to Indymedia with all data intact. 3. Requesting a full investigation into the circumstances and legality of the action taken to seize the Indymedia servers and to close Indymedia websites, with the disclosure of the names of the organisations and individuals involved in the seizure. APPEALS TO: Rt Hon David Blunkett MP Home Secretary The Home Office London - UK Email: firstname.lastname@example.org John Ashcroft Attorney General US Department of Justice Washington - USA Email: email@example.com Please send copies of letters to: firstname.lastname@example.org Organisations and individuals are also encouraged to issue their own statements in support of Indymedia and against the seizure of the servers. Please send copies to: email@example.com Additionaly organisations and indivduals can add their statements of support here: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2004/10/298931.html For background on the Server Seizures see: http://indymedia.org/en/static/fbi http://www.indymedia.org http://www.indymedia.org.uk ========== HURIDOCS-Tech listserv ========== Send mail intended for the list to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Archives of the list can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/lists/huridocs-tech/markup/maillist.php To subscribe to the list, send a message to <email@example.com>, with the following text in the message: subscribe huridocs-tech To unsubscribe from the list, send a message to <firstname.lastname@example.org>, with the following text in the message: unsubscribe huridocs-tech If you have problems (un)subscribing, contact <email@example.com>.
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