Thursday, September 20, 2007

Jabba the Cunt

This is brief as I have to go out and I'm late already, but if anyone is wondering where Tim Ireland's Bloggerheads—along with the sites he managed: Craig Murray, Bob Piper and Boris—has gone, the web hosts pulled the plug after threats from a big, fat, corrupt Russian Uzbek.

There's more from Chicken Yoghurt.

UPDATE: this issue has united the British blogosphere. As usual, Mr E has a great piece on this, from whom I have also pinched the current list of bloggers who have addressed it.
Freedom of speech is not a luxury but a basic minimum standard of any healthy liberal democracy. Blogs and bloggers are hardly the most important voices in the national conversation; if my blog got pulled I suspect the great British public would, after a suitable period of mourning, get on with their lives. But this ugly development demonstrates that blogs are vulnerable to big bullies with bigger sticks. We can't defend ourselves the way a magazine or newspaper can. There's no legal budget for us to dip into.

And let's be clear on this point; these blogs are down not because Usmanov has been libelled, but because he says he's been libelled, and has a room full of paid monkeys sitting at typewriters firing off theatening letters to that effect.

I don't give a shit about this character, or Arsenal FC (no offence to any Gooners out there); nor do I share all or even most of Tim Ireland or Craig Murray's politics. 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.

Justin is the go-to guy on this, in the absence of Bloggerheads itself. And there's more from Curious Hamster, Pickled Politics, Harry’s Place, Tim Worstall, Dizzy, Iain Dale, Ten Percent, Blairwatch, Davide Simonetti, Earthquake Cove, Turbulent Cleric, 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 Wisdom, Chris K, Anorak, Mediawatchwatch, Norfolk Blogger, Chris Paul, Indymedia, Obsolete, Tom Watson.

With any luck, Mr Usmanov will have a fucking heart attack. Or, who knows?—perhaps we could raise enough cash to have him shot like a reporter, i.e. in the head in a lift in Moscow...

UPDATE 2: The Reactionary Snob and The Grauniad are also on this.

P.S. By the by, this is why—despite obtaining the domain, in case I should ever move—I continue to host The Kitchen on Google's servers, in the US, and do not host it on the servers which carry my professional sites...


Bored with the Beguine said...

I can't imagine anyone's been wondering. Why on earth would they?

Ross F said...

Isn't he a big fat corrupt Uzbek, rather than a big fat corrupt Russian?

Devil's Kitchen said...

You are quite correct although, as he is reputedly a close friend of Mr Putin, I regard him to be Russian in the same way as many Georgians regard Stalin as Russian!

However, I have changed the title and text reference...


N.I.B. said...

For the record, David Duff thinks you're a liberal who deserves to be silenced.

David Duff said...

If any party to the third party states, hints, avers, implies or otherwise communicates by post, fax, e-mail, quill pen or pigeon post that the person masquerading under the pseudonym pf ‘NIB’ is an agent of our client, Mr. David Lawrence Duff, and acting on his behalf in an ill-timed effort to attract publicity to our client’s blog which is already a byword for probity and wisdom, we shall sue.
Yours etc,
Whyte, Lippe & Tremblin
Solicitors and Commissioners of Oaths - bugger it!

PS: Without prejudice - ‘NIB’ is a nitwit.

N.I.B. said...

Nitwit? Yes, probably - but not enough to believe "The gobby bloggers who opened their mouths and let their bellies rumble deserve everything they get and I hope we never hear from them again."

Chris Paul said...

Remodelled as the art lover Alisher Creosotemanov.

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