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Indymedia UK Server in Manchester Seized By Police
Indymedia UK server seized (again)! Without serving a warrant, Kent Police removed an Indymedia server from hosting company UK Grid in Manchester. This is believed to be related to posts on the SHAC trial. Indymedia UK, London and Docs sites are affected.
On January 22, 2009, police seized a UK Indymedia server colocated in Manchester, strummer.indymedia.org.uk, apparently on the basis that two comments containing the home address of the judge in the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) trial were posted to the site. The home address was quickly deleted in line with the site's policy, in addition the police were aware that the server in Manchester was not the server to which comments are posted — the server in Manchester just hosted a static, read-only mirror of the site and in any case was set up to not log IP addresses, as per the site's IP address logging policy. It therefore appears that the police just wanted to attack what infrastructure was within their jurisdiction. Other sites that have gone as a result of this seizure include London Indymedia and the global Indymedia wiki site. The server was handed over to Kent Police by UK Grid, a Manchester hosting company, after police said they did not have a warrant but claimed they could get one after a phone call.
On 22 January 2009 an Indymedia server was seized by the Police in Manchester. This was probably related to postings about the recent SHAC trial.
Kent Police had e-mailed imc-uk-contact in the morning requesting that personal information about the judge in the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) trial be removed from the site. However this information had already been quickly removed in line with IMC UK policy. The e-mail also requested information relating to the poster be retained. Indymedia as an open posting news service does not log such information about its sources.
The warrant, as yet not seen by Indymedia, was we believe, specifically for this one server co-located in Manchester which is a mirror of the site. So it can only be concluded that the judge didn’t check the legality and validity of the request to remove it, and that the police wanted to attack the infrastructure.
Other sites that have been affected as a result of this seizure include London Indymedia, the global Indymedia documentation project server, la Soja Mata – an anti-GM soya campaign focusing on South American development, Transition Sheffield and a Canadian campaign against the 2010 olympics.