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Text date: 05.09.1996
Author: XS4ALL Internet BV

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Contact:        XS4ALL Internet BV (
                Postbus 1848
                1000BV Amsterdam
Fax:            +31-20-6274498

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German internetproviders, joined in the Internet Content Taskforce (ICTF), started censoring the Dutch website, containing 3100 personal and commercial homepages. This act of censorship is caused by the webpage of a magazine that is banned in Germany, Radikal
( ~tank/radikal/).

A German prosecutor sent the following message to the ICTF

Providers in Germany are already blocking packets to and from the host The 3100 websites on this server include the Kurdistan Information Network (, the very popular Internet Charts ( and the world famous Chip Directory (

XS4ALL has not received any request from the German Government regarding the homepage of Radikal. Without any prior contact the German prosecutor decided that the XS4ALL website needs to be blocked for German Internet Users. XS4ALL is awaiting legal advice, and will investigate if legal procedures against the German government are possible.

Censorship on Internet usually has the opposite effect. Internetusers consider it a sport to publish censored materials. Many users have already published the Radikal website on other Internet hosts. Here are some of the URL's:

Xs4all Internet will rotate the IP-numbering of the website to ensure that it's 3100 userpages will all remain available for any internet-user.

 Felipe Rodriquez          -  XS4ALL Internet  - finger for - Managing Director - pub pgp-key 1024/A07C02F9 

  pgp Key fingerprint = 32 36 C3 D9 02 42 79 C6 D1 9F 63 EB A7 30 8B 1A