A call from the police

Thursday, April 20, 2006 at 6:22 | Posted in Bloggers' rights, Germany | Leave a comment

Thomas Klotz, a German lawyer and author of RA-Blog received a phone call from the police on Wednesday morning. The police asked him to disclose the IP of a comment added to one of the entries in his blog. They said it was needed for a slander inquiry conducted by the District Attorney of Mönchengladbach.

Mr. Klotz thinks the comment is highly critical but does not constitute a slander. He referred the police officer to several newspaper articles and even a court verdict that might suggest that the comment entered in his blog actually spelled out the truth.

Apparently, the police first wants to establish the identity of the commentator and then decide wether to prosecute. Shortly after the call Mr. Klotz received a fax asking him to fax back the IP as soon as possible.

Mr. Klotz writes that he is not in liberty to disclose which comment in his blog was targetted but the comment is still there. So I have not read the comment, neither the blog post it was added to but I have a hunch that I will do so anytime soon.

I'll keep you posted, folks.

Via lawblog by Udo Vetter who is a lawyer himself. He recenty represented Moni in the case involving Transparency International – Deutschland. Mr Vetter writes that in case he was faced by a similar request, he would not release any information, at least not without a court order or a written request of the District Attorney.

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