Legal Threats and Takedowns

EFF reports that two blogs that posted information about Uzbek billionaire Alisher Usmanov were shut down after legal threats were sent to their hosting companies.

Lawyers representing Usmanov contacted the blogs’ webhost, Fasthosts, and after threats to sue under Britain’s expansive libel laws, the blogs were removed. The sites included Tim Ireland’s popular “Bloggerheads” site, and site of Craig Murray, the ex-Ambassador for Uzbekistan. Murray’s hosting provider even intervened to take down individual entries and alter the text of Murray’s blog to avoid further legal action.

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