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From braintree!news.sprintlink.net!tank.news.pipex.net!pipex!dispatch.news.demon.net!demon!btnet!news.compulink.co.uk!cix.compulink.co.uk!usenet Wed Sep 27 15:56:26 1995 Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology Path: braintree!news.sprintlink.net!tank.news.pipex.net!pipex!dispatch.news.demon.net!demon!btnet!news.compulink.co.uk!cix.compulink.co.uk!usenet From: jey@cix.compulink.co.uk ("Jeffrey R Burrows") Subject: Internet Censorship - Another Cult Takes Action - 21/9/95 Message-ID: Organization: Compulink Information eXchange Date: Thu, 21 Sep 1995 16:06:30 GMT X-News-Software: Ameol Lines: 55 Internet Censorship - Another Cult Takes Action - 21/9/95 --------------------------------------------------------- The habit of US cults to squash dissent on the internet is spreading. Now it's the Jehovah's Witnesses, the religious group which markets the literature of the multi-billion dollar Watchtower Corpation of New York. In an uncanny parallel to other developments, the censorship action itself has happened in Scandinavia - at the University of Bergen, where a student has been active on the Internet, countering sect recruiting, and broadcasting information (such as WatchTower anti-Semitism in 1930s Germany) that cult members would rather keep covered up. Jan Steinar Haugland, the gagged student, was a cult member until earlier this year, when he was excommunicated - with consequent shunning by friends and family - over an arcane doctrine (that some people alive in the year 1914 would also see the battle of Armageddon) which, ironically, has this month been abandoned. Unfortunately for Mr Haugland, the System Manager at the University of Bergen responsible for Internet access, is a loyal cult member, and with just 3 hours notice, unilaterally closed the Apostate's account, denying Mr Haugland all access to the Internet. If you care about net censorship, about freedom of speech, and about private individuals being silenced by power groups, then please make your voice heard NOW, before the rollercoaster of censorship picks up speed - it could be you and your freedoms next. The Postmaster directly responsible for closing this account is:- Hans Morten Kind However, please note that Mr Kind is only acting on orders from above, and is not personally responsible for the decision to silence Mr Haugland. That man is:- Kenneth Hostland Polite, but firm, expressions of concern are invited. September 21st, 1995 ------------------------------------------------------------ This Press Release Is A Public Service By TowerWatch ------------------------------------------------------------

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