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21/04/00
Europe: Give us Free Speech on Web
- Closure of 3 UK web sites slammed as censorship

A GAY magazine has turned to the European Court of Human Rights in an attempt to re-instate its right to publish on the web.

Outcast was shut down by its service provider NetBenefit following threats of libel action from competitor Pink Pages. The ISP reacted to the legal threats by closing the site as it feared it might be sued too following the recent high court ruling against fellow provider Demon Internet.

Two other sites have been closed down by cautious ISPs in the past fortnight. The Campaign against Censorship of the Internet in Britain saw its site closed after a complaint by Dr Laurence Godfrey, the same litigant who brought the case against Demon. A web site set up by Kamlesh Bahl, former vice president of the Law Society, was closed after fears it contained defamatory remarks.

Outcast's challenge will call for a better sense of balance in the interpretation of English Law's arcane libel laws.




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