A critical blog forced to quitSunday, January 28, 2007 at 22:35 | Posted in Bloggers' rights, Blogosphere, censorship, Freedom of speech, Germany, Legal | 9 Comments
The most contested critical blog in the German blogosphere is closing after being subjected to legal challenge on four occasions only during the first month of 2007. Prior to that, Marcel Bartels was sued for his critical articles on several occasions last year. Enough is enough, Marcel writes in an open letter to readers of Mein Parteibuch:
Mein grundgesetzlich garantiertes Recht auf Meinungsfreiheit ist in Deutschland offensichtlich nicht das Papier Wert ist, auf dem es gedruckt ist. Es ist absehbar, dass ich für die weitere Veröffentlichung meiner Rechercheergebnisse und meiner Meinung unter meinem eigenen Namen unter Missbrauch der Gerichte zumindest finanziell ruiniert oder gar ins Gefängnis gesperrt würde.
Marcel is going to continue publishing a blog, though, under domains www.Mein-Parteibuch.com and www.Mein-Parteibuch.org. I have no knowledge as yet about hosting arrengements that Marcel may be considering to protect his site from the obvious abuse of justice that he has experienced while hosting the site under a German jurisdiction. A moment ago I expressed my interest in hosting a mirror of an uncensored version of the site.
The domain http://www.Mein-Parteibuch.org is currently displaying the notorious “cat image” which Marcel has used as illustration while reporting the legal “fan mail” he has received from lawyers. By publishing the picture here I want to express my solidarity. I hope Marcel is not going to sue me for a copyright infringement. 😉