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One of the advantages of having an image in your sidebar hosted at Tim Ireland's site is that when it comes back up, the image reappears to tell you. Bloggerheads itself has a holding page, he needs to reconfigure the database, but he's got a blogger hosted temporary site all about The Alisher Usmanov Affair and today he's specifically requesting a response from Fasthosts:
To ensure we broadcast as clear a picture as possible, Clive and I need to deal with this matter by addressing the parties/issues involved in the following order:

- Fasthosts
- Schillings
- Alisher Usmanov
- UK libel law

Today, we begin with Fasthosts.
The Fasthosts issue is a contractual/specific libel case one, that I'm not involved in, I have however removed them from my potential list of companies to rent a server from (I am looking) in the meantime, pending their response. The libel law is where my obvious interest lies, the law can, and should be, reformed, and this may be the cause celebre to get it done, we shall see. in the meantime, Chris Applegate asks:
I figured an article that doesn’t mention the allegations specifically but still discusses them is better than no article at all. But in the light of reading all the blog coverage of this now, I have my doubts: Am I right, or have I cowardly compromised? Your thoughts are welcome.
Personally, I think he was correct to be cautious. Craig Murray, by all accounts, thinks he has a solid case and welcomes the opportunity to test it in court, Schillings/Usmanov seem to want to quash the story but not actually sue (that's my big issue with the law as is, money can suppress a story by threat of legal action). But those not party to the evidence itself need to be circumspect--I have reason to believe Craig may be correct, but I have no plans on going to court over his story. Giving coverage to the action, but not the details of the story itself, seems to me to be a valid compromise.

Date: 2007-09-25 01:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tyrell.livejournal.com
Confused. What did fasthosts do wrong, and why is it like Jack Straw and the Ambassador? Or can we not say it out loud?

Date: 2007-09-25 02:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tyrell.livejournal.com
Ah... interesting. Want to see how this plays out now.

UK libel law is crazy. I can't check all the links in the comments at work, but someone should find the Daily Show sketch where they're talking about the Prince Charles allegations and aren't allowed to say what the allegations ARE. And then Stephen Colbert eats a banana in the rudest way possible, and Jon Stewart corpses completely.

Date: 2007-09-25 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mooism.livejournal.com
Marvellous :-)

Date: 2007-09-25 08:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tyrell.livejournal.com
I love that clip so much. Having to rely on the net for my Daily Show fix, it's very sad.
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British Liberal, house husband, school play leader and stepdad. Campaigner, atheistic feminist, amateur baker. Male.

Known to post items of interest on occasions. More likely to link to interesting stuff. Sometimes talks about stuff he's done. Occasionally posts recipes for good food. Planning to get married, at some point. Enjoying life in Yorkshire.

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