(eng) GERMANY CENSORS DUTCH WEBSITE WWW.XS4ALL.NL

tank (tank@xs4all.nl)
Fri, 6 Sep 1996 16:34:09 +0200


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Contact: XS4ALL Internet BV (http://www.xs4all.nl)
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Email: felipe@xs4all.nl

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GERMANY CENSORS DUTCH WEBSITE WWW.XS4ALL.NL, WITH 3100 WEBPAGES

German internetproviders, joined in the Internet Content Taskforce
(ICTF), started censoring the Dutch website www.xs4all.nl, containing
3100 personal and commercial homepages. This act of censorship is
caused by the webpage of a magazine that is banned in Germany, Radikal
(http://www.xs4all.nl/ ~tank/radikal/).

A German prosecutor sent the following message to the ICTF
(http://www.anwalt.de/ictf/p960901e.htm):

"Under the following addresses in Internet:

http://www.serve.com/spg/154/
http://www.xs4all.nl/~tank/radikal//154/

and using the link on page

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/angela1/radilink.htm

one can call up the entire edition of the pamphlet entitled radikal Nr.
154". Parts of this pamphlet justify preliminary suspicion of promoting
a terrorist organization under ' 129a, Par.3 of the German Criminal
Code, public condoning of criminal activities penalizable under ' 140
no.2 of the German Criminal Code and preliminary suspicion of inciting
to criminal activity under ' 130a Par.1 of the German Criminal Code.
The Public Prosecutor General at the Federal Court of Justice has
therefore initiated a criminal investigatory procedure against the
parties disseminating this pamphlet.

You are herewith informed that you may possibly make yourself subject
to criminal prosecution for aiding and abetting criminal activities if
you continue to allow these pages to be called up via your access
points and network crosspoints"

Providers in Germany are already blocking packets to and from the
host www.xs4all.nl. The 3100 websites on this server include the
Kurdistan Information Network
(http://www.xs4all.nl/~tank/kurdish/htdocs/),
the very popular Internet Charts (http://www.xs4all.nl/~jojo/) and
the world famous Chip Directory (http://www.xs4all.nl/~ganswijk/chipdir/).

XS4ALL has not received any request from the German Government regarding
the homepage of Radikal. Without any prior contact the German prosecutor
decided that the XS4ALL website needs to be blocked for German
Internet Users. XS4ALL is awaiting legal advice, and will investigate
if legal procedures against the German government are possible.

Censorship on Internet usually has the opposite effect. Internetusers
consider it a sport to publish censored materials. Many users have already
published the Radikal website on other Internet hosts. Here are some of
the URL's:

http://burn.ucsd.edu/%7Eats/RADIKAL/
http://www.jca.or.jp/~taratta/mirror/radikal/
http://www.serve.com/~spg/
http://huizen.dds.nl/~radikal
http://www.canucksoup.net/radikal/index.html
http://www.ecn.org/radikal
http://www.well.com/~declan/mirrors/
http://www.connix.com/~harry/radikal/index.htm
http://www.xs4all.nl/~tank/radikal/index.htm

Xs4all Internet will rotate the IP-numbering of the website www.xs4all.nl
to ensure that it's 3100 userpages will all remain available for any
internet-user.

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