Bloggerheads silenced by ex-con

Tim Ireland’s Bloggerheads has been shut down by his hosting company after legal threats from Uzbek ex-con and prospective owner of Arsenal Alisher Usmanov. It is not clear who the hosts are (UPDATE: Fasthosts – fast to pull the plug on you), but the legal company doing the threatening is Schillings (the grubby pettifoggers). Craig Murray’s blog (the source of the original accusations) is on the same server, and was also shut down, as was Boris Johnson’s and Bob Piper’s.

Tim actually gave me the idea of setting up MediawatchWatch nearly three years ago. He deserves our support. You can find out plenty about Usmanov in Wikipedia.

TOP TIP: This won’t happen to you if you use an American hosting service. They have the 1st Amendment there, and they take it pretty seriously. (The lawyers can still get you, but your host won’t automatically pull the plug at the first sign of trouble)

These are good: dreamhost

(And MWW gets credit if you sign up from that link)

UPDATE: (22 Sept) Look what the clever lawyers have done! This is the latest list of bloggers talking about their client Mr Usmanov:

Curious Hamster
, Pickled Politics, Harry’s Place, Tim Worstall, Dizzy, Iain Dale, Ten Percent, Blairwatch, Davide Simonetti, Earthquake Cove, Turbulent Cleric (who suggests dropping a line to the FA about Mr Usmanov), Mike Power, Jailhouse Lawyer, Suesam, Devil’s Kitchen, The Cartoonist, Falco, Casualty Monitor, Forever Expat, Arseblog, Drink-soaked Trots (and another), Pitch Invasion, Wonko’s World, Roll A Monkey, Caroline Hunt, Westminster Wisdom, Chris K, Anorak, Mediawatchwatch, Norfolk Blogger, Chris Paul, Indymedia (with a list of Craig Murray’s articles that are currently unavailable), Obsolete, Tom Watson, Cynical Chatter, Reactionary Snob, Mr Eugenides, Matthew Sinclair, The Select Society, Liberal England, Davblog, Peter Gasston Pitch Perfect, Adelaide Green Porridge Cafe, Lunartalks, Tygerland, The Crossed Pond, Our Kingdom, Big Daddy Merk, Daily Mail Watch, Graeme’s, Random Thoughts, Nosemonkey, Matt Wardman, Politics in the Zeros, Love and Garbage, The Huntsman, Conservative Party Reptile, Ellee Seymour, Sabretache, Not A Sheep, Bartholomew’s Notes on Religion, The People’s Republic Of Newport, Life, the Universe & Everything, Arsenal Transfer Rumour Mill, The Green Ribbon, Blood & Treasure, The Last Ditch, Areopagitica, Football in Finland, An Englishman’s Castle, Freeborn John, Eursoc, The Back Four, Rebellion Suck!, Ministry of Truth, ModernityBlog, Beau Bo D’Or, Scots and Independent, The Splund, Bill Cameron, Podnosh, Dodgeblogium, Moving Target, Serious Golmal, Goonerholic, The Spine, Zero Point Nine, Lenin’s Tomb, The Durruti Column, The Bristol Blogger, ArseNews, David Lindsay, Quaequam Blog!, On A Quiet Day…, Kathz’s Blog, England Expects, Theo Spark, Duncan Borrowman, Senn’s Blog, Katykins, Jewcy, Kevin Maguire, Stumbling and Mumbling, Famous for 15 megapixels, Ordovicius, Tom Morris, AOL Fanhouse, Doctor Vee, The Curmudgeonly, The Poor Mouth, 1820, Hangbitch, Crooked Timber, ArseNole, Identity Unknown, Liberty Alone, Amused Cynicism, Clairwil, The Lone Voice, Tampon Teabag, Unoriginalname38, Special/Blown It, The Remittance Man, 18 Doughty Street, Laban Tall, Martin Bright, Spy Blog The Exile, poons, Jangliss, Who Knows Where Thoughts Come From?, Imagined Community, A Pint of Unionist Lite, Poldraw, Disillusioned And Bored, Error Gorilla, Indigo Jo, Swiss Metablog, Kate Garnwen Truemors, Asn14, D-Notice, The Judge, Political Penguin, Miserable Old Fart, Jottings, fridgemagnet, Blah Blah Flowers, J. Arthur MacNumpty, Tony Hatfield, Grendel, Charlie Whitaker, Matt Buck, The Waendel Journal, Marginalized Action Dinosaur, SoccerLens, Toblog, John Brissenden East Lower, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Peter Black AM, Boing Boing (160).


32 Responses to “Bloggerheads silenced by ex-con”

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  5. Andy A says:

    The Internet Archive at http://www.archive.org/index.php has what it calls the Wayback Machine on its front page. I tried Bloggerheads, and it was slow, but it eventually gave me http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://bloggerheads.com, which was a table of Bloggerheads archives. The most recent, unfortunately, is June 2007. However, I mention this in case it’s possible to get to other blogs and sites that have been shut down. This device stores old pages. Worth bookmarking for the future.

  6. NoJags Neil says:

    Alisher Usmanov is a convicted gangster – true.

    We have free speech in the UK – false.

  7. aharon says:

    Well.. I run a server – if anyone needs help kissing goodbye to legal threats..

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  17. 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……

  18. MandyPandy says:

    OMG! Can you imagine being raped by that porcine monstrosity?

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  27. 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,……

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