Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Blogger Rights or Lack Thereof

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The next time you read one of those smarmy little leftist bastards who claim that the Bush administration is taking away our rights or some other such nonsense, link them to this:

Police in Cairo have detained a blogger whose posts have been critical ofthe Egyptian government.

Rami Siyam, who blogs under the name of Ayyoub, was detained along with three friends after leaving the house of a fellow blogger late at night.

No reasons have been given for Mr Siyam's detention. The other friends were released after being questioned.

Or this, this or this.

While in the US under the evil Bush regimes oppressive tactics, we have this example of just how bad things are:

The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that bloggers and participants in Internet bulletin board groups cannot be sued for posting defamatory statements made by others.

In deciding a case closely watched by free speech groups, the court said a federal law gives immunity from libel suits not only to Internet service providers, like AOL, but also to bloggers and other users of their services.

"Subjecting Internet service providers and users to defamation liability would tend to chill online speech," today's unanimous ruling said.

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