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Tim Ireland and the Uzbek ex-jailbird

I’m a bit late, but would like to register my support for Tim Ireland, the author of Bloggerheads. His blog has been forced offline because he had the temerity to write some things that were displeasing to a certain ex-convict from Uzbekistan.

Very worrying. Tim hadn’t written anything libellous, but Alisher Usmanov (the aforementioned Uzbek) is a really touchy fellow with a lot of money. Following dark threats from his lawyers, Tim’s webhosts panicked and pulled the plug on his blog, and for good measure, also took down a few other blogs that were being managed by Tim.

This is truly disconcerting. As Mr Eugenides very splendidly put it:

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.

Tim should be back online soon, no doubt with a hosting company with proper backbone. Looking forward to the return of Bloggerheads.

For more details on this story, check out Chicken Yoghurt.

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17 Responses to “Tim Ireland and the Uzbek ex-jailbird”

  1. trannyfattyacid Says:

    If they choose to fight this, al la McLibel, Usmanov and his lawyers would not have a leg to stand on. It has already been established that such law suits are a breech of human rights.

  2. Pickled Politics » Bloggers under threat Says:

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  3. Welshcakes Limoncello Says:

    Well done, Bel. I couldn’t believe this was happening in Britain when I first read about it!

  4. kris Says:

    the solution appears to be hosted in the USA as our American friends are less likely to give a toss about a letter from Shillings.

  5. Chicken Yoghurt » Public Service Announcement - Craig Murray, Tim Ireland, Boris Johnson, Bob Piper... Says:

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  6. Bob Piper Says:

    Thanks everyone…

    Well, I’m back! At the moment it would appear Boris, Tim, Craig and Clive are still down, but I know Clive has been working like a trooper since Thursday to back up all the blog files and move them to……

  7. This is England (and Scotland and Wales) « The Bristol Blogger Says:

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  8. The Perfect Pitch » Blog Archive » Usmanov shows his true colours Says:

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  11. Marginalized Action Dinosaur » Alisher Usmanov is a criminal Says:

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  15. Bob Piper Says:

    An updated list……

    The list of bloggers highlighting the behaviour of Usmanov, Schillings and Fasthosts now stands at over 300. Justin points out that some people are apologising for coming late to the party on this one – well don’t. As he says,……

  16. jameshigham Says:

    This one to Blogpower Roundup, Bel.

  17. Marginalized Action Dinosaur » Usmanov cont, Says:

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