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August 19, 2008

Catholic League attempting to ban bloggers from the DNC

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The Catholic League has contacted the DNC and asked them to revoke the credentials of two bloggers for next week’s Democratic National Convention:

Both of these blogs should be cut immediately from the list of credentialed sites. Neither functions as a responsible media outlet and both offend Catholics, as well as others. To allow them access to the Democratic National Convention sends a message to Catholics they will not forget. We look for Leah Daughtry, CEO of the Convention, to nix them ASAP.

One of the blogs being protested by the Catholic League is mega-blog The Daily Kos, a left-wing political blog considered one of the most widely read blogs.

There is no word from the DNC on the issue.

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August 15, 2008

Google ordered to unmask blogger in India

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Google has been ordered to unamsk the identity of an anonymous blogger in Indian that has been accused in a defamation case against a construction company, according to Wired News and the Wall Street Journal this morning.

Wired writes:

The blogger known only as “Toxic Writer,” is accused of attacking the Mumbai-based Gremach Infrastructure Equipments & Projects Ltd. in what they are calling a “hate campaign.”

The blog was taken down, and Google’s Indian subsidiary is claiming they are not responsible for the Blogger.com service.

India, as a former British Commonwealth nation, has a legal system that does not have an equivalent to the US’s First Amendment, protecting free speech.

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