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Creek Running North
November 19, 2005
Public Service Announcement
Suppression of free speech isn't just something the government does. The fact that the US government fails to squelch a wide range of free speech activities in no way means that free speech is safe in the United States. Corporations will often take strict steps to keep you from publicizing unflattering aspects of their products. And many bloggers - from across the political spectrum - have been shocked in recent weeks to watch a thuggish attempt to squelch a progressive blogger to no intelligible end whatsoever.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has been working since 1990 to protect your online freedom. Their work is more important than ever, and they need our help.
The EFF is running a blogger's membership drive. Join them. Help them work to establish protections for bloggers so that no one has to suffer the threat of legal harassment for honest writing, whether by government functionaries or disturbed thugs - not that those two categories don't occasionally overlap.
Here's a sample of the EFF's work, made available to you whether you join or not.
EFF: Bloggers' FAQ: Online Defamation Law
(via Bitch, PhD.)
Posted by Chris Clarke at November 19, 2005 05:43 PM
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good post, chris. i personally agree with your personal opinion about the thuggish attempts, and note with dismay that the public figure involved has not yet got a clue, dammit. nice link about defamation law, too.Posted by: kathy a at November 19, 2005 06:11 PM