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Crown copyright as a tool for political censorship in the UK

by Laurent GUERBY Tue Jul 11th, 2006 at 11:14:12 AM EST

Craig Murray (wikipedia bio), ex UK ambassor, is accused of Crown copyright violation by the UK government because he published online a serie of document he obtained using the Freedom Of Information Act.

He was documenting some claims he wrote in his book "Murder in Samarkand: A British Ambassador's Controversial Defiance of a Tyrannical Regime Within the War on Terror" about the Uzbekistan dictatorship, from the book synopsis:

Craig Murray was the United Kingdom's Ambassador to Uzbekistan until he was removed from his post in October 2004 after exposing appalling human rights abuses by the US-funded regime of President Islam Karimov. In this candid and at times shocking memoir, he lays bare the dark and dirty underside of the War on Terror. In Uzbekistan, the land of Alexander the Great and Tamburlaine, lurks one of the most hideous tyrannies on earth - one founded on cotton slavery and brutal torture. As neighbouring 'liberated' Afghanistan produces record levels of heroin, the Uzbek rulers cash in on massive trafficking. They are even involved in trafficking their own women to prostitution in the West. But this did not prevent Karimov being viewed as a key US ally in the War on Terror. When Craig Murray arrived in Uzbekistan, he was a young Ambassador with a brilliant career and a taste for whisky and women. But after hearing accounts of dissident prisoners being boiled to death and innocent people being raped and murdered by agents of the state, he started to question both his role and that of his country in so-called 'democratising' states. When Murray decided to go public with his shocking findings, Washington and 10 Downing Street reached the conclusion that he had to go. But Uzbekistan had changed the high-living diplomat and there was no way he was going to go quietly.

More information on Craig Murray's blog.

Copyright (may be Craig Murray is indeed guilty) is here used to suppress free political speech, which is this case of western-backed bloody dictatorship.

Note: this is a translation of my blog entry.

Is the UK press saying something about this?

The British government is clearly in the right here. Copyright is necessary to promote creative work: without it, who would write anything for public consumption? We'd have nothing to read. Copyright provides authors the income they need to practice their craft: without it, the British government would earn no royalties from the public dissemination of text from this document. With so-called "freedom of information", taxes would soar. And we must remember that information piracy is theft: taking information from the government will leave gaps in their files. If we allow theft of information, government will lose the records it needs to learn the lessons of history, and we will all suffer.

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by technopolitical on Tue Jul 11th, 2006 at 02:05:34 PM EST
by Laurent GUERBY on Tue Jul 11th, 2006 at 02:41:16 PM EST
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round of applause !!!

Wonderful sustained sarcasm

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jul 12th, 2006 at 09:01:36 AM EST
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You are too kind. Thank you.

Words and ideas I offer here may be used freely and without attribution.
by technopolitical on Wed Jul 12th, 2006 at 11:06:32 AM EST
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