Currently I’m unable to give you more than the bare facts. This afternoon (Tuesday 21 June) I received information from Bristol IMC that they were expecting a ‘visit’ from Bristol Transport Police in connection with an incident reported on Bristol’s website (relating to the dropping/throwing of bricks onto cars on freight trains). Around 2.30pm we were told that the police had obtained warrants for the seizure of BIMC’s servers and were expected any minute. By the time I checked the site at around 6.30/7.00pm, it had disappeared, including of course the link to the report of the incident itself.
A perfect example of the ‘Shoot the Messenger’ mentality – Indymedia facilitates the report of a crime, so Indymedia has to be closed down.
Or am I just being very simple minded here? Do you remember last Autumn, when the European Social Forum was about to be held in London, from 14-17 October? On 7 October (if I remember rightly), well did you ever? the FBI walked into the premises of Indymedia UK’s ISP and made off with the servers. What’s about to get going in the UK in another 10 days or so? Er..er..oh of course, the G8 in Scotland. Swipe me pink, what a coincidence…..!!!
I’ll keep you posted as and when we get more info.