The Internet sevice provider JaguarPC has decided to offer its special Christmas gift to the community of art and culture: it removed the site Pigtails in Paint that was hosted on its data center. They invoke the most spurious reason:
You’re currently hosting pigtailsinpaint.com (220.127.116.11) which contains images which can be considered child pornography. We cannot allow this content on our network. [etc.]
They do not bother to say which articles of the site contain “child pornography,” nor according to the laws of which countries this material should be considered as such. So, where is the child porn?
In fact, the site has known little activity for the last 4 months, and the latest material posted did not contain anything controversial (unless you consider as pornography denouncing anti-Roma racism or the censorship of art). So if there was any “child pornography,” it would have been there since several months, which would have left plenty of time for Internet vigilantes to report it to their authorities, and for these authorities (who cooperate with each other in this great battle) to take the appropriate measures: foreign governments would have blocked the site, and in the USA the FBI would have arrested its administrator. Nothing like that happened … except that Russia blocked the site on August 22, 2014.
Last June, JaguarPC demanded from the site administrator to remove the two articles “Stolen Dreams and the Japanese School” and “Dream Girls”, because they had received a complaint from a private German watchdog organization claiming that these two articles contained “child sexual abuse material” that was “potentially criminal” under German Criminal Code (this was also discussed on Agapeta). In fact, these two articles were present on the site since the summer of 2014, so had been there for two years, without provoking any action by the German authorities, nor by those of other countries, except Russia. Nevertheless, the administrator complied and removed these two articles and their images. But apparently, that is not enough for bigots, who simply cannot accept the existence of such a site.
So where is the “child porn?” Nowhere, it is just a lie. The police state methods of Putin and Erdogan have become quite fashionable, these dictators call free art “obscenity,” independent journalism “spying” and political opposition “terrorist propaganda,” so why not follow them and censor dissenting cultural expression? Independent art and culture bloggers are not rich, there is much more money to be got from dictators, religious fundamentalists, bigots, all endowed with holy wealth.
Don’t allow that to happpen! Stop JaguarPC (aka Jaguar Putin Censorship)! Protest by any means suitable:
- Postal mail: JaguarPC, 1755 Telstar Drive Suite 300, Colorado Springs, CO 80920, USA.
- Phone: toll free (USA/Canada) (888) 338-5261, international (719) 387-9909.
- Fax: 1.888.636.9451.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com (the more departments you annoy, the better).
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jaguarpc
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/jaguarpc
- Google+: https://plus.google.com/102243126272181584128/posts
- There is a ‘live chat’ button on their contact page.
Freedom must prevail!