21 September 2007

Blogosphere mugs Jabba the Uzbek

Usmanov and his shysters Schillings are like a pit bull and its owner – An inadequate with a dog that should be muzzled and castrated. But I digress (I just felt like saying that) It is good to see that Channel 4 News has picked up on Usmanov’s stupid antics and the response across the blogosphere.

Going by the title “Blogosphere mugging for Usmanov Channel 4 News notes the revolt across the blogosphere noting that over 100 high profile bloggers (plus the Poor Mouth) have posted on this outrage. Interestingly Channel 4 News noted that Usmanov's prison sentence was for corruption although he claims that this was “politically motivated" (why is my bullshit detector going off?)

Sunny Hundal of Pickled Politics appeared on More 4 News earlier this evening to discuss the case His interview can be seen at Mike Power’s Not a Blog. It is well worth watching (thanks to Tyger for the tip)

In addition both the Guardian and the Times are carrying the story with an emphasis on the closure of Boris Johnson's website. Johnson is unsurprisingly angry calling the closure of his website, calling it "a serious erosion of free speech". "This is London, not Uzbekistan., "It is unbelievable that a website can be wiped out on the say-so of some tycoon. We live in a world where internet communication is increasingly vital, and this is a serious erosion of free speech." He said. Bob Piper whose blog was also shut down (neither had anything to do with the case whatsoever) describes the shut-down of his site as “outrageous”


Colin Campbell said...

Very ugly man. Collective action is very powerful with this kind of stuff.

jams o donnell said...

I agree Colin and it seems to have stirred up a hornets nest. Bloogers from hard left to strongly conservative have expressed outrage. I hope Usmanov is embarassed