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British Members of Parliment

Text and signatures of petiton signed by M.P.s


The US Government's request for denial PDF

The EFF motion to unseal PDF

press release


'Was the seizure of Indymedia's servers in London unlawful or did the UK government collude?'

- "A trail that started in Switzerland and Italy has now ended fairly and squarely in the lap of the UK Home Secretary to justify"

- Translation to German: AhimsaStatewatchDE

- Translation to Spanish: AhimsaStatewatchES

Journalist Associations

  • National Union of Journalists London Freelance Branch (1 November 04)
'Someone has walked into a building in London and shut down 21 independent media websites from Belgrade to Venezuela. The rest is obscure - which suits those who would rather it were not reported very well. It was, I fear, the most serious threat to freedom of expression in the UK for decades.'

  • International Press Institute (20 October 2004)
The International Press Institute (IPI), the global network of editors, leading journalists and media executives in over 120 countries, condemns the seizure by the British authorities of two Web servers used by an Internet media organisation.

  • 'International Federation of Journalists' (8 October 2004)
'The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the global organisation representing over 500,000 journalists worldwide, today called for an investigation into the action by police in Britain in co-operation with other agencies that led to the temporary closure of 21 of the more than 140 Indymedia web sites worldwide.'

  • 'World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC)' (8 October 2004)
'AMARC is deeply concerned by reports about the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) seizure of Indymedia servers in the United Kingdom.'

  • 'Reporters Without Borders' (12 October 2004)
Reporters Without Borders has condemned the seizure of UK-based webservers, used by some 20 Indymedia websites and has written to Home Secretary David Blunkett, copied to his US, Italian and Swiss counterparts, seeking an explanation for the confiscations.

"This intervention is the responsibility of the British authorities because it relates to a hosting company operating on their territory. Closure of websites is a serious step, the reasons for which should definitely be made public"


Communication Rights in the Information Society

Update on Indymedia server seizures

Indymedia Summary of Facts on Seizure


14 October

'Verwirrspiel um Beschlagnahme bei Indymedia' - DerStandard (Germany)

'Beschlagnahmte Indymedia-Server wieder am Netz' - net-tribune (Germany)

'Indymedia erhält beschlagnahmte Server zurück ' - Golem (Germany)

'Indymedia: Beschlagnahmte Festplatten zurück, Hintergründe unklar ' - Heise (Germany)

13 October

'Indymedia under attac' - Jungle World (Germany)

12 October

'Anschlag auf die Pressefreiheit' - Neues Deutschland (Germany)

'Schwerer Schlag ins Netz' - Frankfurter Rundschau (Germany)

11 October

'Neue Details zur Beschlagnahme der Indymedia-Server' - (Germany)

'FBI zieht Stecker' - die tageszeitung (Germany)

'Gefälligkeitsdienste des FBI bei Pressezensur von INDYMEDIA' - Netzwerk IT (Germany)

'Indymedia: FBI schliesst auf Schweizer Druck hin Internet-Portal' - (Switzerland)

*'Spur der Zensoren führt nach Rom und Zürich'* - Junge Welt (Germany)

*'Internationaler Schlag gegen Pressefreiheit'* - Heise - Telepolis (Germany)

10 October

'Geheimdienst beschlagnahmt Indymedia-Server' - winfuture: windows online magazine

9 October

'FBI schaltet Indymedia weltweit ab' - Junge Welt (Germany)

8 October

*'Indymedia: Festplatten beschlagnahmt'* - Heise Newsticker (Germany)

'Polizeiaktion gegen Indymedia' - Der Standard (Austria)

'FBI beschlagnahmt Server von Indymedia' - Netzeitung (Germany)

'Aufregung um Beschlagnahmung von Indymedia-Server' - Golem (Germany)

'FBI beschlagnahmt Server von Indymedia' -

'US-Behörden mit russischen Methoden' - (Antirassismus Netzwerk)

'Zensur: FBI beschlagnahmt Indymedia-Server in London' -

'Betreiber des unabhängigen Netzwerks befürchten Auftakt einer ...' - rbi-aktuell (Germany)

'FBI blockiert Indymedia' - netzwerk IT

'FBI beschlagnahmt IMC Server in Großbritannien' - Die Linke Seite (Germany)

'FBI beschlagnahmt Indymedia Server in den USA und Großbritannien' - stern shortnews (Germany)


11 November We seize servers, you can't complain - US gov The Regester

8 November

Mark Thomas finds that Voltaire has been rewritten IMC-UK newswire

4 November

'Indymedia server grab - Home Office knew, but isn't telling' The Register

'Still no clear statement about the Indymedia server seizure scandal, despite yet another Answer to a Parliamentary Question' Spy Blog

2 November

Web of censorship? Internet information seizure raises media issues

1 November

'Who is the censor?' Freelance National Union of Journalists Freelance Branch monthly newspaper.

27 October

'Web server takedown called speech threat' Boston Herald

26 October

'Indymedia Server Seizure Draws Attention of Many'

'Web server takedown called speech threat' (syndicated to over 100 news agencies)

'Update 1 Web server takedown called speech threat'

'Update 2 Web server takedown called speech threat'

22 october

Indymedia server seizure 'may have breached RIPA' ZD Net UK

21 october

4,000+ sign Indymedia petition dot journalism

UK denies involvement in Indymedia servers seizure

Indymedia UK Parliment

Indymedia: the tale of the servers 'nobody' seized The Register

Denials all round in the siezure of Indymedia's servers

weblog of Richard Allan, Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam written questions to home office minister in parliment answered MPs blog

'Pressure's on' guardian unlimited.

20 October

MPs demand answers for Indymedia dot journalism

FBI Shutdown of Indymedia Threatens Free Speech Around the World xtvworld

-18 October_

'Indymedia hard-drive seizure originated in Italy' Digital Media Europe

What the FBI did next (in London). (repost in indymedia uk) New Statsman

Indymedia Servers Seized in Britain Shutting Down 20 Websites democracy now

ESF closes with mass protest guardian unlimited

17 October

'ISPs the weakest link when it comes to free speech' guardian

Indymedia Seizure Signals Clampdown on Dissent

Anarchists storm European Social Forum guardian unlimited (politics)

16 October

Indymedia Seizure Signals Clampdown on Dissent IPS

15 October

Global Agreements Threaten Media, Privacy IPS

Home Office under fire over Indymedia raid

14 October

Heavy hand of the law Guardian Unlimited

Indymedia Website Seizures Remain Shrouded in Questions The NewStandard

If the FBI works to shut down independent journalism Web sites that are critical of U.S. policy, isn't that a story? Nieman Watchdog

Indymedia seizures: a trawl for Genoa G8 trial cover-up? The Register

FBI returns seized news servers BBC

Servers seized by FBI returned - but who wanted what? The Register

Indymedia Gets Its Servers Back Wired

12 October

'Information Highway Robbery: FBI-led seizure of Indymedia computers in U.K. may be tied to U.S. election' [[][Village Voice] (NYC, US)

'FBI Seizes Servers from Rackspace's UK Offices' - LinuxInsider (US)

'EFF Challenges Secret Government Order to Shut Down Media Websites' - Magic City Morning Star (US)

11 October

'Followup on Indymedia server seizure' Smart Mobs

'FBI seizes independent media webservers, shutting down sites across Europe' Digital Media Europe

*'Home Office in frame over FBI's London server seizures'* - The Register (UK)

*'US seizes independent media sites'* - BBC (UK)

'US seizes webservers from independent media sites' - The Guardian (UK)

'FBI seizes independent media webservers, shutting down sites across Europe' Digital Media Europe

'U.S. shuts down British media Web sites' - Washington Post (USA)

10 October

'Seizure of Indymedia servers in London compromises the NHTCU Confidentiality Charter' -SpyBlog (UK)

'Indymedia Seizures Initiated In Europe' - Slashdot

9 October

'Alternative Network's Internet Servers Confiscated' - Inter Press Service News Agency

'Indymedia Case - Will the FBI put pressure on Indymedia Nantes?' - Zmag (written by Indymedia Nantes)

A party in Berlusconi's coalition asked for the closure of the Indymedia site AhimsaYahooRoughTranslation041009a - rough translation from French

Switzerland: opening of an enquiry into the alterglobalist site Indymedia AhimsaAFPRoughTranslation041010a - rough translation from French of somewhat new bits *makes allegation about "calls for violence"*

8 October

'Italy and Switzerland Requested Indymedia's Server Seizure' CRIS

"Servers in UK Containing Indymedia Websites Seized by Government" EFF

'News website Indymedia says FBI seized server' --AFP (USA)

'Feds target alternative media Web site' --CNet (USA)

'San Antonio web-hosting company gives servers to government' -AP story (USA) registration required

'Authorities Seize Rackspace Servers' - Web Hosting Industry News (UK)

*'Feds seize Indymedia servers'* - The Register (UK)

'U.S. Gov't Siezes Indymedia Servers' - Democracy Now (USA), [mp3 USA

'FBI Seizes Indymedia Servers in the UK' - Zmag (USA)

'FBI Seizes IMC Servers in the UK' - yubanet (USA)

'FBI Seizes Indymedia servers' - truthout

'FBI seizes Indymedia servers' - The Age (Australia)

'FBI seizes Indymedia servers' - smh (Australia)

'FBI seizes Global Indymedia Servers. Reasons Unknown'

'Web-Hosting Firm Gives Feds Hard Drives' MSNBC (USA)

'News website Indymedia says FBI seized server'

'Web-hosting firm gives feds hard drives' USA

'FBI seizes Indymedia servers in the United Kingdom' (Afrika) 1

'FBI seizes UK Indymedia servers' (Canada)

'Web-Hosting Firm Surrenders Hard Drives to Feds' (USA)

'Web-Hosting Firm Gives Feds Hard Drives' ( USA)

'San Antonio web-hosting company gives servers to government' (USA)

'KPFT Evening News' audio report, Streaming audio at Mp3 download at Interview takes place at minute 3. Houston IMC has full tapes of this audio interview and will upload them and let people know in #ahimsa

7 October 'Indymedia Server Raided by FBI' - Slashdot

'Cause of FBI Seizure of Indy Media Servers'Cryptome USA

'FBI Seizes Indy Media Servers' Cryptome USA

And many more from google news:


'fils d'actualité dédié (reprise dépêches et liens sources)' nice-lille-nantes.indymedia

'fils d'actualité dédié (reprise dépêches et liens sources)' nice-lille-nantes.indymedia

(veuille mettre les dates - les plus récents en haut)

12.10.2004 'L’internationale policière contre Indymedia' acrimed

11.10.2004 Les photos des deux policier ont migré (-> lawyer has his sights on imc ch because of link to pictures)_

10.10.2004 Suisse: ouverture d'une enquête sur le site altermondialiste

'Fermeture brutale du serveur Indymedia, le FBI impliqué'

9 octobre 2004 Site Indymedia fermé par le FBI - enquête ouverte à Genève

déclaration fausse publiée - False statement published: "l'adresse et le nom de l'un d'eux ont paru sur le site français Indymedia-Nantes."

Un parti de la coalition Berlusconi a demandé la fermeture du site Indymedia

8 octobre 2004

Par Jean-Marc Manach, 'Étrange fermeture d'une vingtaine de sites d'Indymedia' ZDNet France

' Le FBI censure des sites d'informations dans une vingtaine de pays'

'La saisie des serveurs IMC, "un acte de censure brutale'

'Le FBI saisit des serveurs IMC au Royaume-Uni'

'FBI: L'opération contre le site Indymedia à la demande de Italie et Suisse' depêche AFP

'Le FBI s'attaque à Indymédia'

7 octobre

'Le FBI saisit les disques dur d’un serveur Indymedia en ...'





Inchiesta in Svizzera, polemiche in Italia

Indymedia: la Svizzera apre un'inchiesta

L'Fbi precisa: il sequestro del server di Indymedia voluto dall'Italia e dalla Svizzera

L'Fbi chiude Indymedia

L’Fbi precisa: il sequestro del server di Indymedia voluto dal Viminale

Fbi dichiara : Indymedia sequestrato su richiesta italiana e svizzera

Indimedia, la homepage è stata ripristinata su altri server

Sequestro IndyMedia: 'Ce l'ha chiesto l'Italia'

Sequestro Indymedia: la richiesta è partita dall'Italia



Indymedia sotto attacco. Giulietti: le autorità italiane e gli europarlamentari intervengano [

Chi ha oscurato Indymedia? Tutti negano, la destra applaude



'L'Fbi precisa: il sequestro del server di Indymedia voluto dal ...'

'Internet: Fbi sequestra server Indymedia in GB e Usa'

'L'agenzia federale rivela: «Ce l'ha chiesto l'Italia»'


L'Fbi sequestra i server di Indymedia

L'Fbi sequestra i server di Indymedia. Quali motivi?


'Bequestrato dall’Fbi il sito di indymedia'

'Inserisci il testo da ricercare'

'NEGLI USA EA LONDRA - Fbi sequestra server Indymedia, ko sito ...'


'Parla Indymedia: la lista completa dei collettivi che sono stati ...'


'Internet: Fbi Sequestra Server Indymedia In gb e Usa'


Inchiesta FBI Su Indymedia

'L'Fbi sequestra i server di Indymedia: oscurato il sito'

'La casa del tuo curriculum. Attaccalo in questa bacheca con una ...' [[] []]



Indymedia recupera los servidores confiscados por el FBI Cadena SER


Indymedia exigirá que se investigue la confiscación de sus servidores: Cadena Ser

Acción contra Indymedia se siente en Brasil y Uruguay IPS News Agency

Para lo que son las leyes navegante elmundo



EE.UU.: freno a la prensa BBC

INUSUAL CENSURA PLANETARIA ¡Devolvéme el disco: Portal Montevideo


'El FBI bloquea un website ' Clarin argentina


'Justicia suiza investiga publicación de datos personales en sitio Indymedia'

'Italia y Suiza piden a EEUU que interrumpa los servidores de Indymedia'

'UE/USA: Italia y Suiza solicitan a Estados Unidos suspender ...'


'El FBI incautó servidores de Indymedia en el Reino Unido'

'Suscribete a los titulares de Izaronews'

'El FBI incauta servidores de Indymedia en el Reino Unido'

'Un proveedor británico retira información de los servidores de ...'

'El FBI confisca los servidores de Internet de Indymedia'

'El FBI incautó los discos duros de Indymedia en Gran Bretaña ' La Repulbica Uruguay

*El FBI saca de la web a Indymedia

*Secuestran a Indymedia



'Websites Indymedia van internet gehaald door actie FBI' Het Belang van Limburg

'FBI sluit 20 websites andersglobalistische Indymedia' Het Laatste Nieuws

'FBI neemt servers Indymedia in beslag'

'Websites Indymedia van internet gehaald door actie FBI' Gazet van Antwerpen

'Indymedia-server in beslag genomen door FBI'


'Journalistenbond hekelt Britse actie tegen media' Planet Nl


Server Indymedia door FBI offline gehaald Nederlandse afdeling blijft in de lucht ZDNet


'Servers Indymedia in beslag genomen' Het parool

'Omstreden nieuwssites afgesloten' De Telegraaf



'Τι κρύβεται πίσω από το μπλοκάρισμα του Indymedia;'


'Εγκλημα στο Indymedia'

«Εισβολή» στα εναλλακτικά ΜΜΕ. Υλικό των ανεξάρτητων μέσων ενημέρωσης Indymedia κατασχέθηκε από το FBI

Το indymedia στην καταστολή του FBI

Λογοκρισία στο Διαδίκτυο. Χωρις εξηγήσεις το FBI κατέσχεσε τους servers από 20 site που στρέφονταν κατά της παγκοσμιοποίησης

Επίθεση της αμερικανικής κυβέρνησης στα ανεξάρτητα μέσα ανά τον κόσμο, FBI εναντίων Indymedia

Εφοδος κατά Indymedia. Πρωτοφανής στα χρονικά του Διαδικτύου επιχείρηση φίμωσης ενός ανεξάρτητου φορέα ενημέρωσης βρίσκεται σε εξέλιξη εδώ και λίγες ημέρες με επίκεντρο τις ΗΠΑ και τη Βρετανία.

Λογοκρισία στο Διαδίκτυο, το FBI έκλεισε 20 servers του Indymedia

Tο FBI «έκλεισε» 20 ιστοσελίδες


Λογοκρισία στο Διαδίκτυο Το FBI "έκλεισε" 20 "αντιδραστικά" site

Το indymedia στην καταστολή του FBI

«Εισβολή» στα εναλλακτικά ΜΜΕ

Λογοκρισία στο Διαδίκτυο, το FBI έκλεισε 20 servers του Indymedia

FBI εναντίον Indymedia

"Ξαναζεί" το Indymedia -Eπέστρεψε τους κατασχεθέντες servers το FBI

Επιστράφηκαν οι διακομιστές του Indymedia που είχαν κατασχεθεί από το FBI

Λογοκρισία στο Διαδίκτυο, το FBI έκλεισε 20 servers του Indymedia


Το FBI επέστρεψε τους διακομιστές του Indymedia

Επιστράφηκαν οι διακομιστές του Indymedia που είχαν κατασχεθεί από το FBI

Επιστράφηκαν οι κατασχεμένοι διακομιστές της Indymedia

Εγκλημα στο Indymedia


As of 11.10.2004, 9 articles in alternative press (including 2 on, none in mainstream press.

Some Quotes from the Press

"It is not an FBI operation," FBI spokesman Joe Parris told AFP. "Through a legal assistance treaty, the subpoena was on behalf of a third country."

NEW YORK - The FBI's seizure of the Indymedia server was solicited from Italy and Switzerland, according to Joe Parris, a spokesperson for the the FBI. The initiative, therefore, was not an independent decision of the US Department of Justice{C9C0843E-A8ED-4536-08C2-07324241C3EF}

"We have witnessed an intolerable and intrusive international police operation against a network specialising in independent journalism," said Aidan White IFJ General Secretary. "The way this has been done smacks more of intimidation of legitimate journalistic inquiry than crime-busting."

The IFJ believes the seizure may be linked to a September 30 court case in San Jose California, in which Indymedia San Francisco and two students at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania successfully opposed an application by Diebold Election Systems Inc to remove documents claiming to reveal flaws in the design of electronic voting machines which are due to be used widely in the forthcoming US Presidential election.

Dai Davis, an IT lawyer at London law firm Nabarro Nathanson, said Rackspace's statement fails to clarify the legal basis of the raid. "If it was a RIPA warrant, Rackspace can't refer to it. Most RIPA warrants can be issued by the Home Secretary," he said. "The FBI has no jurisdiction in the UK and would need to act in concert with UK authorities, such as the security services or police," he added.


Personal blogs letter to government

please don't forget to add here what you changed!

-- MatRiseup - 10 Oct 2004 spanish links
-- AndresFuerte - 10 Oct 2004
>>>9-10-2004, 16u00: guidoke added: English articles, Italian articles, Spanish articles, Statewatch-article

>>> 17u00 guidoke added (AMARC)-message

>>>12-10-2004 11u30 guidoke made some clickable links

-- AnNa - 08 Oct 2004 toc and german
-- YosSarian - 09 Oct 2004
-- MouradM -08 Oct 2004- added two first Italian links (corriere...)
-- BriKs - 10 Oct 2004 added 4 german links
-- BriKs - 10 Oct 2004 added another german link
-- AndiE - 11 Oct 2004 added Guardian link and pdf
-- GarconDuMonde - 11 Oct 2004 added spyblog link
-- ZcaT - 11 Oct 2004 added BBC and the register
-- BriKs - 11 Oct 2004 added Telepolis (Germany); corrected mistake; added netzwerkit-link
-- BriKs - 11 Oct 2004 added taz-link; added
-- GrugnoG - 11 Oct 2004 added new slashdot link
-- JamesCox - 11 Oct 2004 first new blog link
-- BriKs - 11 Oct 2004 added neues deutschland and net-tribune links (german)
-- JohnDudaAccount - 12 Oct 2004 added Reporters Without Borders link and quotes
-- SkeP - 12 Oct 2004 corrected a german link
-- SkeP - 13 Oct 2004 added another german link
-- JohnDudaAccount - 13 Oct 2004 added village voice article
-- SkeP - 14 Oct 2004 - added 4 german links
-- AndiE - 14 Oct 2004 - added Guardian Unlimited link
-- ZcaT - 21 Oct 2004 - added lots from 16th to 21st english
-- LiBBy - 04 Nov 2004 added dutch links
-- ZcaT - 04 Nov 2004 added greek links and english links
-- ZcaT - 05 Nov 2004 added a few more
-- ZcaT - 05 Nov 2004 added NUJ article + cleaned up Journalist Associations
-- IonNec - 06 Nov 2004 added New STatesman article
-- ZcaT - 06 Nov 2004 changed NS to indy (NS article now archived and unrechable)
-- ZcaT - 07 Nov 2004 MPs petition
-- ZcaT - 11 Nov 2004 regester article +added pdf's to eff list
-- ZcaT - 11 Nov 2004 put in CRIS campagn (not sure where to put it so gave own heading plz change if need to)
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