A bunch of selfproclaimed uprooters try to impose their law on Internet. We shall resist these neo-totalitarian attempts on our freedom !
Is the pionneer deniers' site AAARGH living its last moments ? Eight associations (1) would like to believe it is. They have araigned in court, on emergency procedure, US providers of this site, ant the main French Internet access providers. (2) Their hope in grounded in the new law, called "Trust in the Digital Economy", passed in June 2004. The law says that the judge migh order any kind of measure to stop the damage caused by the content of an online communication service.
Antijewish hate. In a nutshell,
the US providers being out of reach, the judge may impose upon
the French access providers a filter that would forbid the French
user to access the concerned Internet URL's.
If the eight associations are aiming at AAARGH (Association of Ancient Amateurs of War and Holocaust Tales) it is because their site, founded in 1996, active in eight languages, is "known and aknowledged as one of the most powerful transmitter of antijewish hate on the Internet." Its declared aim is to show that "there was no homicidal massive gassings in the German concentration camps during the nazi periode".
Internet users may download freely 230 negationist books and pamphlets, including the works of Robert Faurisson or Jean Plantin, issues of the Akribeia journal, Bagatelles pour un massacre, by Louis-Ferdinand Celine, or Les Décombres, by Lucien Rebatet, described as "the most famous book among all those which were published during WW II" [All these books are more or less banned or their publication forbidden in today's France. trsl.]
Moving Does AAARGH feel threatened ? One of its two URLs does not function. The second one does and the publisher of the site, whose identity nobody knows, has started a third one. This successive moves raise the question of the efficiency of filters. Although the Movement against Racism and for the Friendship Among People (Mrap) joined the seven organizations in the action, Gerard Kerforn, member of the politburo, has expressed his doubts : «There will be a race. These people will migrate ceaselessly.» Marc Knobel, chairman of I accuse, is conscious about the risk, but he takes the responsability: «We'll pursue them as long as needed.» Audience in court on Monday 14 march.
(1) Union of the Jewish Students of France, SOS Racism, I accuse... International Action for Justice, French League for the Defense of Human and Citisen's Rights, Movement against Racism and for the Friendship Among People, Memory 2000, Union od the Auschwitz Deportees, The Central [Jewish] Consistory.
(2) France Telecom (Wanadoo), Free, AOL France, Tiscali Access, Neuf (nine) Telecom, Tele2 France, Suez Lyonnaise Telecom, T-Online France, Numericable, GIP Renater (A school community network).
Libération 8 March 2005
PARIS The Paris Court
of Justice ordered the US hosts of the Holocaust-denying web site
Aaargh to prevent any French web surfers from accessing the site
and to provide the court with the whereabouts of the site's authors.
In a former court decision, the judges told the plaintiffs to sue the hosts before turning to the Internet access providers.
Three companies were identified as hosts of the incriminated web site. Two of them, OLM and Globat, decided to terminate the contract with Aaargh but the third one, ThePlanet.com, a company incorporated in the US refused to do so. The French court ordered ThePlanet.com to "prevent any access to the Internet site from the French territory." The court also demanded that the company identify the owners and operators of the web site.
The plaintiffs and the Internet access providers are due to meet in court again on May 30.
Aaargh's web site provides free access to more than 200 antisemitic and Holocaust-denying books and brochures, an offence according to French law.
In a related issue, the French anti-racist organization MRAP deplored the decision of the Paris Court of Appeals declaring Timothy Koogle not guilty of incitement to racial hatred. While Koogle was CEO of Yahoo, Nazi paraphernalia could be bought online through this search engine, an offence according to French law. The Paris Court said Koogle was the creator of Yahoo and not the owner of the site selling the illegal material. Hence, he could not be held responsible for the material sold on this particular site.
Not so, argued MRAP, Koogle should be held responsible, since Yahoo created a dedicated directory path on its servers called 'White Pride.'
May 5, 2005 - 26 Nissan, 5765
Reprinted with permission from CRIF, the umbrella body representing the organized Jewish community of France.
Jewish Tribune, The Trusted Voice of the Canadian Jewish Community
p2pnet.net News:- French ISPs
have been ordered to stop clients from accessing AAARGH, a website
hosted in the US which France's J'accuse says is disseminating
revisionist anti-Jewish propaganda, according to Yahoo! Actualités.
The judgement, from a Paris court, came on June 13 after an attempt in April by the J'accuse to have the US sites hosting AAARGH block access to French surfers brought only partial results.
Two of the three hosts, OLM and Globat had agreed to the demands of the French court, but a third, ThePlanet.com, was still providing access as of May 30, the cut off date for the first injunction rendered in April.
The French court had also asked the American hosts to provide detailed information about the people behind AAARGH.
The failure to comply with either portion of his judgment would bring financial penalties to the American hosts, ruled the Paris court, and under that decison, ThePlanet.com is racking up 5,000 euros (a little over $6,000) per day for continuing to host AAARGH and it, OLM and Globat are also looking at 2,000 euros per day for not providing the requested info on the site owners, says ZDNet France.
The question, of course, is: can a French court enforce such legal penalties on a foreign company based outside of France?
In the meanwhile, J'accuse is now trying the next step allowed by French law: to block access on French soil.
The ISPs are France Télécom, Free, AOL, Tiscali, Club Internet, Télé2, Suez Lyonnaise Télécom, Neuf Télécom, NC Numéricâble and le GIP Renater. They have 10 days to, as the judge has ordered, "put in place all of the measures needed to block, on French soil, access" to the content of the website in question, says Yahoo France.
J'accuse president Marc Knobel believes "French law on electronic commerce is very clear on the subject," says ZDNet France. If the site authors are anonymous and if the host(s) refuse to cooperate, blocking access is the next step. Knobel is known in some circles for initiating the move to stop the sale of Nazi items on eBay and other auction sites, says ZDNet.
Meanwhile, AAARGH, short for L'Ass.des Anciens Amateurs de Récits de Guerre et d'Holocauste, was founded in 1996 and is still unabashedly online. [Why should we feel abashed ? ]
According to the site, "Revisionists are people who want to know if what's being said is true.". Mainly in French, it provides, "40,000 pages of documentation [on the Holocaust and Zionism], 200 books and 100 pamphlets, some [in fact ALL] for 'free download.
Canadian p2pnet readers might recognise the name Ernst Zundel among authors showcased.
There are pages in seven other languages, including English, Russian and an Indonesian dialect, [No, Indonesia's official language] although the pages sampled in English weren't very idiomatic. [Sorry about that]
In expectation of being blocked, the homepage provides links to anonymous sites.
Internet providers should block French users from accessing a Holocaust denial site, Paris' district attorney said. The comments, made Monday, came during a trial on the issue of whether Web users should be allowed to access Aaargh, which in French stands for the Association of Amateur War and Holocaust Historians. The case, which went to trial March 8, was brought by eight anti-racist associations fighting to put into effect Internet filters to forbid access to Aaargh in France. A law passed in June 2004 would allow a French judge to order the site's host to shut down the site or prohibit access to it. Two of the site's hosts - OLM and Globat - have agreed to prohibit access, but a third - the American company ThePlanet.com - has refused to cooperate.
Briefs courtesy Jewish Telegraphic
Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, 3 June 2005
Source: The Revisionist Forum
Victory against free speech
by the traditional enemies. France bans access to Revisionist
website AAARGH. Such is the action against those who do not believe
in the story we are dictated.
According to the site, "Revisionists are people who want to know if what's being said is true.". Mainly in French, it provides, "40,000 pages of documentation [on the alleged Holocaust and Zionism], 200 books and 100 pamphlets, some for free download.
A hour uit associations fighting
against the racism and the anti-Semitism announced on Monday to
have thrown(launched) a judicial procedure against the American
host of the revisionist and anti-semitic Internet site "
AAARGH " and against the ten providers of access and services
allowing to connect it.
Among associations at the origin of the procedure represent ANTI-RACIST ORGANIZATION, the Union of the Jewish students of France ( UEJF), the Movement against the racism and for the friendship between the peoples ( MRAP), the Union of the transported convicts of Auschwitz or still the central Consistory.
The reserved procedure, an emergency proceeding, will be examined by the first vice-president of the county court of Paris Emmanuel Binoche on Friday at 2:00 pm, indicate associations, which organize the same day at 11:00 am a press conference to the Mrs Stéphane Lilti's Parisian cabinet(office).
"AAARGH" - " Association of the former(ancient) amateurs of narratives of war and holocaust " - proposes on his(her,its) homepage " 230 brochures " anti-Semites or Holocaust deniers in free access, as for example the works of Robert Faurisson and Jean Plantin, numbers of the review Akribeia or still the work " Trinket for a massacre " of Louis-Ferdinand Céline.
Encourage the search(research)
By way of manifesto, the AAARGH
explains to post(show) these texts " in purely educational
purposes, to encourage the search(research), on a non-commercial
base and for a moderate use ".
In a communiqué, associations explain to rest(support) "for the first time" their action(share) on the law of June 21st, 2004 for the confidence in the digital economy. This one notably stipulates that the justice can prescribe " any measures appropriate(clean) to prevent(warn) a damage or to make stop a damage caused by the contents of a service of communication to the on-line public ".
The host of the attacked(affected) site is the company(society) of American right(law) OLM-LLC, in Connecticut. Access providers are France Telecom ( Wanadoo), Free, AOL France, Tiscali access, telecom New(Nine), Tele 2 France, Suez Lyonnaise Telecom ( Noos), T-Online France, Numéricable and Gip Renater.
Machine-translated by reverso.
PARANOID, REALLY ?
There are so many of these websites, it sickens one with despair at hoping to ever free the world of this plague of hatred and intolerance. See our criteria at the end for what constitutes a Hate Group or Racist Group website. Specific descriptions of the hateful or racist content are provided to explain why these sites have been included.
AAARGH A blatantly anti-semitic holocaust denial site sponsored by the Islamic fundamentalist Radio Islam. Fans of Ayatollah Khomeini and terrorist groups like Hezbollah, these people suffer from the paranoid delusion that the U.S. government is run by Jews.
The coverage has not been extensive in English. The press has considered it as a local French item and has not seen the matter of principles implied by the action. There was more coverage in German, for instance !
Anyway readers who can read
other languages will find a complete file on the attack against
the AAARGH website at
This text has been displayed on the Net, and forwarded to you as a tool for educational purpose, further research, on a non commercial and fair use basis, by the International Secretariat of the Association des Anciens Amateurs de Recits de Guerres et d'Holocaustes (AAARGH). The E-mail of the Secretariat is <aaarghinternational-at-hotmail.com. Mail can be sent at PO Box 81475, Chicago, IL 60681-0475, USA..
We see the act of displaying a written document on Internet as the equivalent to displaying it on the shelves of a public library. It costs us a modicum of labor and money. The only benefit accrues to the reader who, we surmise, thinks by himself. A reader looks for a document on the Web at his or her own risks. As for the author, there is no reason to suppose that he or she shares any responsibilty for other writings displayed on this Site. Because laws enforcing a specific censorship on some historical question apply in various countries (Germany, France, Israel, Switzerland, Canada, and others) we do not ask their permission from authors living in thoses places: they wouldn't have the freedom to consent.
We believe we are protected by the Human Rights Charter:
ARTICLE 19. <Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.>The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948, in Paris.