Greece comes a step closer to being run by the Taliban...
Sunday, Oct 29 2006 11:26 | WTF
Repost from HellasDevil:
"The Greek blog search engine, blogme.gr is off the air.
Why? Because a controversial (to say the least) Greek public figure decided to do a search on himself and didn't like what results he got. He regarded the content of one of the blogs slanderous so he decided to make a complaint and sue blogme.gr (the search engine)...
What actually happened is that the police stormed the home of the adminstator of blogme.gr, they then arrested him, confiscated his computer, took him to jail, made him spend a night behind bars before taking him before the District Attorney the next morning, again in handcuffs.
The Greek blogosphere wish to send a strong message of support to Mr Tsipropoulos (the administrator of blogme.gr). We also protest most strongly against this unprecidented case of censorship as well as the treatement of Mr Tsipropoulos by the authorities.
It does make you wonder whether you really do live in a free and democratic country."
Repost from Serenity:
"An unprecedented case of censorship against www.blogme.gr, a search engine for Greek blogs, has provoked hue and cry in Greek blogs. The case was made known by an e-mail sent by the search engine's administrator, Mr. Andonis Tsipropoulos, to all listed members yesterday evening. By this e-mail the administrator informed members that a Greek public figure -whose name has not been disclosed as yet by Blogme.Gr- prosecuted the search engine for what he/she regarded as slander in one of its listed blogs! The administrator was arrested without prior notice last night at his residence. He spent the night behind bars and was taken today to the Distric Attorney wearing handcuffs. His company - funded by an unemployment subsidies' program - has been forced to suspend its operation. Mr. Tsipropoulos has in overall sustained great damage on a professional and personal level alike.
In his e-mail, Mr. Tsipropoulos wrote: "This is the first time ever that a search engine - a site collecting information on the web - has been associated with the content of a web log and sued for it. Never before has an offended individual in a democratic country resorted to a lawsuit of this kind till this very day, with the exception of repressive regimes. Most recent examples are Singapore and China. However, even in these cases the lawsuits were against the blog administator, and not a blog directory that collects information such as Blogme. [...] As a result of this selective prosecution, Blogme has become the sole website collecting information that has sustained the implications of this action, among hundreds of similar search engines in the Greek and the World Wide Web, many of which display in different ways the contentious blog in their results." Mr. Tsipropoulos goes on saying that Blogme.Gr does not wish the prosecution of other search engines and that it does not pass an opinion on the blog in question or any other blog or web page content which it does not countersign. According to the Greek legislation, this case is directly associated with all that applies to the freedom of press and the information society in Greece."
The Original - In Greek