September 20, 2007

Blogs under Threat

This morning I was reading a conversation at Harry's Place about Craig Murray- several links to the former ambassador's site were made and they all malfunctioned. I wondered what had happened and thought no more about it. It appears though that the links were taken down after Mr Murray made some accusations about a Uzbeck millionaire who wants to invest in Arsenal called Alisher Usmanov. Instead of suing Mr Murray or attempting to take on Mr Murray's accusations by disproving them, Usmanov contacted Mr Murray's internet service provider and got them to take down his website- the details are at Pickled Politics and Chicken Yoghurt. His website has gone down, so has Tim Ireland's website which linked to the accusations made by Mr Murray, so have some other websites that were constructed by Tim Ireland. This is a classic abuse of power and bloggers from the left and right are rightly furious about it. Mr Usmanov should argue his case out here on the internet- plenty of people say rude things about others on the internet- I've been called an agent of Israel over the last few days for example. Mr Usmanov should learn to take it- its called free speech and without it our democracy is in danger. Hiding behind his wallet, Mr Usmanov is attempting to hush up his critics- which personally though I don't know the substance of the allegations makes me doubt his credibility all the more. Mr Usmanov should remove his legal threats and take on people in argument. The government should look into this- its pretty clear that in this instance as in others UK Libel law has become a tool of the powerful to abuse, not a tool to protect innocent people against press intrustion.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

mujslims have threatened me

John Lancaster said...

Craig Murray may have been a thorn in the side of the FCO, neverthess, his knowledge and experience of Uzbekistan is not in question. I understand his sacking was more to do with using his official position to publicly disagree with UK policy. His accusations against Alisher Usmanov will be taken seriously until they are properly refuted. Let's hope that bloggerpower will ensure this issue reamains alive, and that Mr Usmanov is soon declared unfit to become a director of Arsenal.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Absolutely right. Gracchi.

Chris Paul said...

Remodelled as the art lover Alisher Creosotemanov.