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About the Ahimsa Seizure Press Group

This is an ad-hoc working group that come together to help coordinate media responses to the seizure of Indymedia' servers at Rackspace.

People we spoke to - interviews in the making

At AhimsaPressPeopleWeSpokeTo, there is a list of media people we spoke to, and notes of the conversations

We have spoken with the following people:
  • Terry Badger, Associated Press
  • Ashley Vance - the Register
  • John Borland - CNET
  • Rachel Shabi - guardian uk (article published)
  • Virginie Poyetton - Le Courrier - Geneva
  • 11 Oct Torsten Kleinz - Frankfurter Rundschau/Heise (DE)
  • 12 Oct Bobbie Johnson - Guardian Unlimited (UK)
...and more


  • Pacifica radio network (US), naomi fowler, will interview machine (Imc Uk) on 11 Oct.

  • Pacifica radio network (US), KPFT Houston (Oct 11). Tish interviewed Yossarian (IMC-UK). Asked about the basic situation (our equipment is gone, taken by US government agency, legal situation very unclear, we are 95% sure that it is the FBI but this is based only on one Agence France Press report. Made the point that they had censored 1 million pieces of content). Has this ever happened before? (Yes, in Quebec, but the legal action taken was in the US. Some trouble in Cyprus but I didn't know the details so couldn't say much. So, this is on a much larger scale). What is your response? (We need to have a technical response and a political response, the tech stuff is underway but the political stuff will take more time. Compared the seizure of sites in 17 countries to the closure of newspapers in 17 countries and asked how would people feel about that). The phone call got interrupted so don't know how much of this made it over the phone. This is now online at http://radio.indymedia.org/news/2004/10/2665.php

  • Frankfurter Rundschau/Heise (Germany), Torsten Kleinz (Oct 11), did an online interview with Anna

  • Guardian Unlimited (UK): interview with imc-uk volunteer, 12 Oct.


Have sent the following appeal to editor@STOPSPAMmedialens.org (MediaLens) and sysop@STOPSPAMzmag.org (Michael Albert of Zmag):

Hello XXXX,

If you can get the following email to John Pilger, George Monbiot, and any other sympathetic corporate media journalists, it would be a big help to us. We are concerned that the story is going to drop off the map without being reported, and we need some help as we haven't had any success getting the Indy servers thing covered by any corporate outlet thus far.

Dear Mr. Pilger and Mr. Monbiot,

I am a very tired Indymedia UK volunteer. We are trying to effectively coordinate a response to the seizure by the FBI of one of our servers, physically located in London. Thus far we have had no indication that the corporate press will pick up the story and run with it - if you can help us out by writing something about it, it would be a big help.

Briefly, the FBI has forced a US internet service provider named Rackspace to surrender two servers hosting about 20 of our sites. The servers themselves were located in London UK. The request appears to be related to a request by the Italian and Swiss authorities under something called a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT). The legal situation is opaque, we have very little information; Rackspace has been hit with a gag order and has said almost nothing substantial yet, making it very difficult to generate much press interest as there isn't much to report.

Some of the sites are now running again on alternate machines, but without an effective and vigorous political response to this incident, this could turn out to be only an exploratory thrust. Here are the facts as we know them so far:

http://jebba.blagblagblag.org/ http://docs.indymedia.org/view/Global/WhoTookAhimsa

Our network can provide further details as they become available, please email me or imc-uk-contact@STOPSPAMlists.indymedia.org to arrange to interview someone. This is a privately archived email list comprised of trusted people, whatever you write will not be made public. Things are moving quickly but if we have any hope of making this into a story that the corporate press will cover we are going to need a break.

Thanks for any help you can provide, Yossarian One of Indymedia UK

-- HeP - 08 Oct 2004 -- YosSarian - 09 Oct 2004 -- AnNa - 11 Oct 2004 added interview with torsten kleinz/FR -- BakBak - 11 Oct 2004 -- IonNec - 12 Oct 2004 moved the big section "notes of people we talked to" to a new page. added a few uk interviews.
Topic revision: r19 - 12 Oct 2004, IonNec
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