Democracy condemn in the strongest terms the recent
closure of the Blanket website
by the British state forces.
The website had been the object of a campaign by the
local paper Andersonstown News
following allegations on the site that the Sinn Fein
leadership were trying to prevent further investigation
of allegations that a top level informer, Steaknife
had been active at the highest levels of the IRA.
RUC/PSNI claim that the raid was connected to military
activity by dissident republican organisations. The
evidence of the material on the website does not support
this allegation and the most likely explanation appears
to be that the state itself wanted to prevent further
comment on the Steaknife affair.
seizure of all files and computer equipment had the
effect of closing the site down - the equivalent on
the internet to the closure of a paper.
British action requires the most determined opposition
by all who value free speech
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