Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Don’t panic if Harry's Place disappears briefly…

Harry's Place may be removed (or rather have it's DNS disabled) after a 'complaint' to the company that our domain name is registered with.

We assume after threats were made on the weekend that this 'complaint' originates from Jenna Delich or her supporters.

Though we have not yet seen the complaint submitted, we assume it runs along the lines that pointing out that Ms Delich linked to the website of a known neo-Nazi figure and former Ku Klux Klan leader is defamatory.

This is extraordinary since Ms Delich has not denied that she circulated links to David Dukes website. There would be no point since the evidence is in the public domain.

Nevertheless, a malicious complaint has been made to the company hosting our DNS.

We would like to assure readers of Harry's Place that we are doing everything we can to prevent a disruption, but that - of course - we will not concede any ground. We have posted nothing defamatory, and we stand by the information we have supplied.

ISPs often run scared of UK libel law and malicious complaints are thus common. Sadly, it is a well known - and usually successful - way of censoring websites which publish truths that they'd rather not be generally known.

We ask our readers and supporters in the meantime to publish this information as widely as possible. The disgraceful tactic of dishonest and malicious complaining should not be allowed to succeed.

Those on the UCU list, please also make this know there.

Please spread the word.

If we go down, email us at harryblog at gee mail dot com for updates.


ModernityBlog said...

I will post updates on my blog.

I have also created a backup of the backup blog :)

that's recursive for you !


Matt said...

Using someone else's name for a blog, though, isn't a good move.

Exile said...

OK, include me in on this - I'll create a posting with this new URL.

Why the fuck are you hosted in the UK? We had this debate during the Crag Murray nonsense and now it has happened to you.

Nick said...

They are not hosted in the UK. But their DNS is held in the UK. As per Cushman's recommendation, "someone" got in touch with their domain-holder and basically neutered it. The domain is now in the process of being transferred to a less toothless ISP.

David Boothroyd said...

If it is only the DNS which has been yanked, is it not possible to continue to access HP using its IP address? This was how wikileaks defeated the Swiss Bankers.

Alec Macpherson said...

Nick, I would recommend that "someone" get in touch with Sheffield College and point out that one of their staff members promotes literature found on sites hosted by KKK affliated and pro-Nazi individuals; quite possibly accessing this from work computers, and definitely using her work email address and Union-funded services.

Not that I would do so a thing myself. Clean hands.

David, doesn't work, assuming the IP is

Nick said...

Ok. It's back. Depending on your ISP's DNS caches, you might not see it for an hour or two before they catch up with the new DNS hosts (ie: no longer with the pusillanimous daily.co.uk)

Alec Macpherson said...

Nick, I hope there is going to be a massive "nana-ni-nana!" welcome thread.

NeoConstant said...

We've got the blogburst going again, rallying the troops as it were:

Support Harry's Place Part 2

Best of luck!