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30 October 2006

Jail for an RSS Link?

Freedom of oppinion is a joke

The weblogger and administrator of the Greek blog aggregator blogme.gr was handcuffed, arrested, and had his computer hard disk confiscated,... all because his blog aggregator had picked up an RSS feed where a TV evangelist was satyrized. At the same time we have the UN organized Internet Governance Forum, right here in Vouliagmeni. Gonna be a lot of talk about freedom of speech, while they put handcuffs on people for less than that.

What do I intend to do? I signed up for the Internet Governance Forum. And I urge you to do the same. If my application comes through, especially I want to go to the main session on Tuesday morning, titled "Openness" (see the program). I want to hear what they say, and maybe I can get to ask a question or two. Like "what good is all this talk when people can get in jail for a link, even in democratic countries like Greece?"

Update στα Ελληνικά:
Ο Έλληνας blogger και blog aggregator του blogme.gr συνελήφθη γιατί το aggregator του περιείχε ένα link σε ένα blog που κορόιδεψε τον Λιακόπουλο.

Τι να κάνουμε; Πάμε βόλτα στην Βουλιαγμένη! Εγγραφείτε για το φόρουμ και πείτε την γνώμη σας, όπως θα το κάνω εγώ.


Posted by betabug at 11:04 | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (0)
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Re: Jail for an RSS Link?

I hope the distinguished guests of the Forum will be asked about this, interesting to see what their response will be.

Sascha, it's interesting to know how the Greek media is responding to the arrest.

Posted by: Reuven at October 30,2006 11:12
Re: Jail for an RSS Link?

Until now nothing has been said or written by the media. Like nothing important has happened!

Posted by: Mary at October 30,2006 11:53
Re: Jail for an RSS Link?

now that's odd. I wonder what did the blogger guy wrote. And what kind of authority does the offended have...?

Posted by: tsilochr at October 30,2006 12:46
Re: Jail for an RSS Link?

Whatever the guy said, it doesn't mean that he had to go to jail! Where is the liberty of speech?

Posted by: Mina at October 30,2006 14:21
Re: Jail for an RSS Link?

Ups, there is a link to the offending blog... right on the Website of the Internet Governance Forum! Yes, this link has the link that points to the blog that got someone in jail. Of course I risk going to jail for linking to either of these, but maybe the IGF organization comitee will join me for a night or two in Koridallos.

Posted by: betabug at October 30,2006 14:50
Re: Jail for an RSS Link?

Betabug,

Come introduce yourself to me tomorrow. I'm the person in charge of reading blog posts out at the IGF and will most likely be at the right on the right. You should make sure you're there for the openness meeting at 10am.

Kieren McCarthy

Posted by: Kieren McCarthy at October 30,2006 23:36
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