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London FBI Server Seizure Newswire Archive

24-03-2006 17:22 | 2 additions

NUJ drops support for Indymedia?

Which hat do you have on?

The National Union Of Journalist held the first part of its Annual Delegate Meeting today. Within the 175 motions to be officially decided during the two-day conference was one of particular relevance to Indymedia...


06-12-2004 22:36

Confusion over Indymedia Server Seizure

There still seems to be a lot of confusion on this matter, not helped (purposely?) by Government statements, so let me try and clarify what we appear to know.

The Government's responses to questions re: Indymedia Server Seizure, specifically that "no UK law enforcement agencies were involved" (20 Oct) and that "the Home Office received no prior notification" (8 Nov) would seem to rule out the use of the US-UK MLAT. Read more >>

25-11-2004 15:54

Offline online now - indymedia news sheet - please distribute

The latest monthly Offline is available now online to distribute... Read more >>

17-11-2004 20:37

Indymedia 5th Birthday Benefit Party (london) Sat 27th Nov

Celebrating 5 Yrs of Indymedia + raising money for new servers after the FBI seizures.

Saturday 27th November 2004

Tufnell Park Community Centre > Entry by donation > Films, exhibitions, bands and DJs

> Fun~Da~Mental > Rhythms of Resistance Samba Band > The Unpeople
> The Rub (electronic set) > Penny Rimbaud (Crass) > Angel >
> The Internationalz > Special guest: the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Tufnell Park community centre, entry by donation
All proceeds to fund new IMC servers.

16-11-2004 16:45

UK Indymedia birthday party

Indymedia 'Five Birthdays of Insurrection' party!

Saturday 27 November, after the Anarchist Bookfair


11-11-2004 16:24

We seize servers, you can't complain - US gov

The US Government is attempting to block efforts to find out who seized Indymedia's servers in London last month. The Government has filed a motion in San Antonio District Court opposing the Electronic Frontier Foundation's motion to unseal the court order which resulted in the seizures, and arguing among other things that unsealing would "seriously jeopardize" an "ongoing criminal terrorism investigation". Read more >>

04-11-2004 12:44

Indymedia server grab - Home Office knew, but isn't telling

Almost a month after Indymedia servers in London were seized by agencies unknown working for states unknown, a parliamentary answer suggests that the Home Office does know who seized them, and under what authority. But it's not telling. Read more >>

26-10-2004 18:54

Court Challenge:Demands Information About the Seizure of Indymedia Servers

"Silencing Indymedia with a secret order is no different than censoring any other news website, whether it's USA Today or your local paper," said Kevin Bankston, EFF attorney and Equal Justice Works/Bruce J. Ennis Fellow. "If the government is allowed to ignore the Constitution in this case, then every news publisher should be wondering, 'Will I be silenced next?'" Read more >>

21-10-2004 13:59

Indymedia: the tale of the servers 'nobody' seized

Indymedia: the tale of the servers 'nobody' seized, Home Office in a state of denial. Read more >>

21-10-2004 11:42

Indymedia Answers from MP

Richard Allan and Jeremy Corbyn have asked the home office about the indymedia seizures Read more >>

19-10-2004 20:45

Protest FBI Crackdown on Indymedia!

Government Seizes Servers: Protest FBI Crackdown on Indymedia! Read more >>

19-10-2004 12:31

Cockup or Conspiracy: The Home Office versus Indymedia

Sheffield MP Richard Allan ( has tabled a question to the Home Office about its role in the seizure of Indymedia's servers in London ten days ago - he is still waiting for an answer. Read more >>

19-10-2004 01:52

IMC Solidarity Missing From ESF Assembly of Social Movements Declaration!

The official ESF website: now has a copy of the call of the assembly of the social movements up on it - you can see this below. However, it has not included the important addition which was added at the final assembly on Sunday 18th October about the support for Indymedia. Read more >>

18-10-2004 19:38

Indymedia Seizure question in Parliament by Birmingham MP Lynne Jones

A parliamentary question has just been asked by Lynne Jones MP for Selly Oak, Birmingham. I'm not sure who suggested that she ask the question or if she may have asked it spontaneously. (She's not my MP, and I don't actually vote - I'm not eligible to vote.) Read more >>

13-10-2004 09:13

ACTION ALERT: Urgent Action In Support of Indymedia

ACTION ALERT: Urgent Action In Support of Indymedia

"An unacceptable attack on press freedom, free speech and privacy."

On 7 October 2004 two Indymedia Web Servers were seized from the US-owned web hosting company Rackspace operating in London (UK), at the request of the US Justice Department, which apparently acted at the prompting of Italian and Swiss authorities. Read more >>

11-10-2004 20:41

Indymedia seizure: the videogame

Enduring Indymedia
An online instant-videogame based on Indymedia hard disks seizure.
Unidentified powers versus media activism.

11-10-2004 11:30

Guardian, BBC and Morning Star cover IMC Server Seizures

After the UK press lagging behind the rest of the worlds press in reporting the seizure if the Indymedia Servers in London, now they seem to be picking it up. Not for want of people trying to get this made public in the UK. One of the problems was that so few facts about who was behind this have been available. Read more >>

10-10-2004 11:53

QUESTIONS for UK Home Office + UK Government over Server Seizures

The seizure of the Indymedia Servers in London raises serious constitutional questions as well as serious questions over the ability of domestic and foreign powers to shut down media outlets while shrouding the operation in a veil of secrecy.

The situation is akin to some legal and informational Guantanamo. Twenty Media Outlets from around the world were shut down with the seizure of two webservers in this country, and there is still several days later no information about who has the servers, where they are, why they were seized, who in fact authorised it, when or if they will be returned, and importantly why this action was taken.

This is bigger than Indymedia, it is a concern for all. Below are some relevant questions that need answering. There are probably many more as well. Read more >>

10-10-2004 10:38

IPS reports Indymedia Server Seizures

Inter Press Service News Agency reports on server seizures: Read more >>

09-10-2004 12:56

Statewatch Statement on Seizure of Indymedia's Servers in London

UK-USA: Was the seizure of Indymedia's servers in London unlawful or did the UK government collude?

Tony Bunyan, Statewatch editor, comments:

"Rackspace may be a US company but Rackspace in London is subject to UK law not US law. If they took down and handed over Indymedia's servers simply on the basis of a US subpoena communicated to them this would not be lawful in the UK.

However it seems more likely that the US subpoena was the subject of a request for mutual legal assistance from the US Attorney General to the UK Home Secretary under the MLA Treaty. It would for the Metropolitan Police, probably accompanied by the FBI, to enforce the request and take possession of the servers.

This begs the questions: Why did the Home Office agree? What grounds did the USA give for the seizure of the servers? Were these grounds of a "political" nature? Has the Home Office requested that the servers be returned? What does this action say about freedom of expression and freedom of the press?

A trail that started in Switzerland and Italy has now ended fairly and squarely in the lap of the UK Home Secretary to justify."

Full text with links here:

09-10-2004 09:30

IMC Statement on Server Seizures - 8th October

08 October 2004

Italy and Switzerland Requested Indymedia's Server Seizure

Today, October 8, 2004, Indymedia has learned that the request to seize Indymedia servers hosted by a US company in the UK originated from government agencies in Italy and Switzerland. More than 20 Indymedia sites, several internet radio streams and other projects were hosted on the servers. They were taken offline on October 7th after an order was issued to Rackspace, Inc., one of Indymedia's web hosting providers. Read more >>

09-10-2004 01:06

more on server snatch

09-10-2004 00:11

Swiss and Italian Authorities Requested US Assistance to Seize IMC Servers in UK

News first noticed in Italy and put out by AFP and AP after an FBI spokesman finaly commented: Read more >>

08-10-2004 22:02

UPDATE on FBI Trashing of Indymedia - Message from Indy Nantes

Is this why Indymedia was raided and hard drives seized? Or are we supposed to think that? Obviously the FBI have aquired a great deal more private information than just what is related to the "hot" photos. Read more >>

08-10-2004 18:02

BREAKING NEWS - IMC Server Seizure - An International Law Enforcement Operation

Breaking News...

08-10-2004 13:39

Re Server Seizures: See Support Indymedia Petition / Letter from 2002

Copy of a letter / petition supporting Indymedia after the Genoa raids on Indymedia - June 2002. In the light of yesterdays seizure of Indymedia servers in the UK this if of particular relevance. Read more >>


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