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October 10, 2004

Chilling Speech: Where Are Big Media?

  • Sydney Morning Herald: FBI seizes Indymedia servers. The FBI has issued an order to hosting provider Rackspace in the US, ordering it to turn over two of the servers hosting the Independent Media Centre's websites in the UK, a statement from the group says. Rackspace has offices in the US and the UK. Independent Media Center, which is better known as Indymedia, was set up in 1999 to provide grassroots coverage of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) protests in Seattle. Rackspace complied with the FBI order, without first notifying Indymedia, and turned over Indymedia's server in the UK. This affects over 20 Indymedia sites worldwide, the group said.
  • If this had happened to a "mainstream" U.S. news organization, the wires would be melting with the news.

    Indymedia isn't always my cup of tea from a journalistic standpoint. But this seizure has the smell of intimidation, not law enforcement. I hope journalists closer to the scenes in the U.S. and U.K. are jumping on this story.

    Posted by Dan at October 10, 2004 06:21 PM


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