[:en]Censorship of the Internet[:de]Internetzensur[:]

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In early 1996, the revisionist Web site www.zundelsite.org caused a storm in the then still relatively tiny internet-pot, since its content was hated by several Jewish lobby groups and in particular by the German authorities, who all together tried with several legal and less than legal techniques to shut down this controversial site. These attempts on censorship resulted in a massive movement of solidarity in the then still quite idealistic internet community. At the end of many months of struggle, all measures to stifle the zundelsite had failed, also because many idealists around the world posted copies of the zundelsite, not because they agreed with the content of the zundelsite, but because they wanted to defend the highly regarded freedom of speech against all attempts of censorship.[0]

Of course, governmental as well as non-governmental institutions kept trying to find more effective ways to censor the internet. The censorship case with perhaps the most damaging impact on Internet freedom of speech in Germany was probably that against Dr. Fredrick Töben, who was arrested in early 1999 in Germany and subsequently sentenced to a prison term for having posted revisionist contents on his Australian website.[1] The case was so important that it even became the object of a PhD thesis.[1a] Since 1999, anyone can be prosecuted in Germany for Internet content, as soon as it can be downloaded in Germany. hence Germany has expanded the application of her penal law to the entire globe.

In October 2002, an academic paper about censorship of internet search engines has caused quite a stir on an international level, but has unfortunately not led to a similar reaction by the internet free speech community as it did in 1996.

Background

End of 1996, U.N. Secretary General Boutros Bourtros-Ghali demanded that action should be taken on an international level to censor xenophobic and racist material on the Internet. In a U.N. report on human rights, Maurice Glele-Ahanhanzo also mentioned alarming, renewed tendencies to deny the "Nazi-Holocaust", referring explicitly to the website of German historical dissident Ernst Zündel (www.zundelsite.org; Inter Press Service, Nov. 21, 1996). Since early 1996, Zündel’s website, had been the battleground of massive attempts to censor it with both legal and illegal measures, as the site itself documents. Also in 1996, the European Union agreed to introduce a system of voluntary internet censorship, which enables internet users to report websites with illegal material to the authorities, which in turn would take legal actions against Internet service provides to force them to delete the content of such sites or to prevent access to them. [Index on Censorship, 6/96]

On March 20, 1997, the Austrian authorities confiscated all computers of the Internet Provider VIP located in Vienna, because it hosted a website with child pornography. In protest to this censorship all Internet service providers of Austria shut down all their services for two hours on March 25, 1997, but to no avail. [http://www.vov.de/von-uns/presse/mitteilung.phtml?id=40]. Also in early 1997, the head of CompuServe Germany, Felix Somm, was indicted for distributing pornographic as well as dissenting historical and political material deemed illegal in Germany. First sentenced to a two years suspended prison term, Somm was acquitted in late 1999 during his appeal only because the court stated that there is currently no technology available allowing the filtering of internet content [Associated Press, November 17, 1999, http://www.cyber-rights.org/isps/somm-dec.htm]. That decision meant, however, that Internet service providers will be held responsible for content hosted on computers located in Germany. It also meant that the intentional spreading of illegal content can and will be prosecuted and punished, which means that placing links to illegal content can suffice to cause a criminal investigation. [http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/51930: fined for placing links to political right-wingers]

This restriction to their own territory did not stop the German authorities, who keep threatening Internet service providers to filter out websites that have a content deemed illegal in Germany. In 1999, the German Supreme Court decided that even foreign citizens not residing in Germany who put content on the Internet deemed illegal in Germany will be prosecuted and sentenced, should they dare to step onto German soil. [German Federal Supreme Court, ref. 1 StR 184/00, Dec. 12, 2000; re. F. Toben, see note [1]] Even though there may not be a bullet-proof way to block access to internet sites that cannot be shut down by the German authorities because they are locate abroad, it is of course possible to demand from providers not to forward the content stemming from certain domains to their customers. That is exactly what the German authorities started doing in late 2002: They sent out letters to German Internet service providers demanding to block access to certain domain names for their customers. The victims of such censorship are no longer pornographic site, but exclusively political and historical dissidents. [http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/24721] And it did therefore come as no surprise that more and more people from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland inform the author of this article that they can no longer reach websites with dissident historical material like www.vho.org.

In September 1997, I established the website www.vho.org, initially under the legal cover of the Belgian non-profit foundation Vrij Historisch Onderzoek (Free Historical Research), thus the name vho.org. After a few years, www.vho.org had grown to be the biggest revisionist website worldwide. In 1998 I learned that Germany has its own search engines concentrating only on German language material. Since at that time the content of www.vho.org was almost completely in German language, it was only logical to have the site registered with those search engines as well. To my surprise, one of the search engine companies told me that they had decided not to list my site, because after reviewing my content they had come to the conclusion that it was illegal under German law. This is so because dissenting views on the Holocaust are punishable with up to five years in Germany. Strictly formally seen, of course, this is wrong, since it is not the content of my website that is illegal but the German censorship laws. But the German bureaucrats were never really impressed by arguments about human rights and epistemological considerations. Thus, I had to accept that www.vho.org was not listed with this search engine.[2]

On an international level, Yahoo.com was the first big search engine who got in trouble primarily due to massive critique from Jewish lobby groups. Yahoo is one of the biggest internet service providers worldwide, whose search engine is currently powered by a company named Google. Google itself is a search engine which has succeeded only recently to beat all its competitors in that field, like Altavista.com, Lycos.com, and Excite.com, thanks to a very user friendly service. End of October 2002, this service had 2.5 Billion websites indexed.

In 2000, the attacks against Yahoo escalated in that the company was sued, and on November 20, 2000, sentenced in France for having offered National Socialist memorabilia on its internet auction site and for offering access to sites with Holocaust-revisionist content.[3] Since then, Yahoo has cleaned its French search engine from almost all links to such sites. Later, due to pressure from the usual Jewish pressure groups like the Simon-Wiesenthal-Center, Yahoo announced that it would be prepared to even clean its U.S. main search engine from links to any content which is hated by those Jewish associations.[4] It seems, however, that this did not happen so far. Instead it was decided to redirect visitors with French or German IP addresses to the respective censored Yahoo search engine of these countries without giving them an option, hence denying them access to the U.S. search engines.

As a result of Yahoo’s conviction in France, the Central Council of Jews in Germany felt encouraged to announce that it will file similar suit cases against German search engine companies as well.[5] It does therefore come as no surprise that German search engines or the German sections of internationally operating search engines started to clean undesired content from their engines as well.

Scientific Analysis

On October 22, 2002, Jonathan Zittrain and Benjamin Edelman from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at the Harvard Law School published a study, in which they reported which internet sites are censored by the German and French sections of the search engine Google, in contrast to the company’s international, US-based main search site Google.com.[6]

The result of this study is that the French and German search engines of Google exclude 91 internet sites completely or partly.[7] Even though such an exclusion doesn’t prevent anybody from accessing these sites, this must nevertheless be considered to be a massive impediment to find these sites, because a considerable part of the population residing in Germany and France finds content on the internet by using these search engines. The exclusion of search results from websites which are involved in controversial debates leads to nothing less than that a majority of the population will no longer be able to take notice of the arguments of the other side of that debate.

Web Sites completely or partly censored by Google.de and/or Google.fr
Revisionist web sites are rendered in bold, web sites with partial revisionist content are rendered in italics
www.1488.com
www.14words.com
www.abbc.com
www.air-photo.com
www.americandefenseleague.com
www.americannaziparty.com
www.amren.com
www.aryan88.com
www.aryan-nations.org
www.barnesreview.org
www.bayouknights.org
www.blacksandjews.com
www.bnp.net
www.christianseparatist.org
www.churchfliers.com
www.codoh.com
www.codoh.org
www.compuserb.com
www.creator.org
www.crusader.net
www.ety.com
www.faem.com
www.fpp.co.uk
www.freedomsite.org
www.globalfire.tv
www.hammerskins.com
www.hangemhighrecords.com
www.harold-covington.org
www.heathenfront.org
www.hitlerisgod.com
www.hoffman-info.com
www.holywar.org
www.iahushua.com
www.ihr.org
www.jeffsarchive.com
www.jesus-is-lord.com
www.jewwatch.com
www.kingidentity.com
www.k-k-k.com
www.kkkk.net
www.kukluxklan.net
www.libreopinion.com
www.louisbeam.com
www.melvig.org
www.missiontoisrael.org
www.musicalterrorists.com
www.mysticknights.org www.naawp.com
www.natall.com
www.natvan.com
www.nazi.org
www.nazi-lauck-nsdapao.com
www.neworderknights.com
www.noontidepress.com
www.nsm88.com
www.nswpp.org
www.ostara.org
www.ourhero.com
www.panzerfaust.com
www.patriot.dk
www.posse-comitatus.org
www.propatria.org
www.radioislam.net
www.radioislam.org
www.rahowa.com
www.resist.com
www.resistance.com
www.revilo-oliver.com
www.revisionists.com
www.seek-info.com
www.sigrdrifa.com
www.ssenterprises.com
www.ssman.com
www.stormfront.org
www2.stormfront.org
www3.stormfront.org
www4.stormfront.org
www.thulepublications.com
www.ukar.org
www.unitedskins.com
www.vanguardnewsnetwork.com
www.vho.org
www.wakeupordie.com
www.wckkkk.com
www.whitepower.com
www.whitepride.com
www.whitepride.net
www.whiterace.com
www.whiteracist.com
www.williscarto.com
www.wpww.com
www.yoderanium.com

Of course, censorship by search engines is not solely an effect of governmental pressure. Even private companies and individuals can pursue such censorship and might even prevail. For example, The Church of Scientology allegedly succeeded to convince Google not to list certain websites, which express critical views about Scientology.[8] In other cases, organizations or individuals have the option to apply to have certain websites unlisted, if these sites commit copyright violations.[9] Only a few of these censorship cases are ever published; most of them happen in secrecy. No search engine likes to admit publicly that they manipulated their search results. According to Edelman, Google should at least indicate that its search results are not complete:[10]

"If Google is prohibited from linking to [the right-wing Website] Stormfront, they could include a listing but no link. And if they can’t even include a listing for Stormfront, they could at least report the fact that they’ve hidden results from the user. The core idea here is that there’s no need to be secretive."

Censorship Victims

According to the authors of the study quoted, they have analyzed several thousand websites until the end of October in order to find out, if the search results delivered by the three Google sections google.com (USA), google.de (Germany) and google.fr (France) differ. The censorship victims discovered by this method are divided in basically three categories. The largest group consists of right-wing websites, which are usually summarized under the term "White Supremacy." The second biggest group consists of revisionist websites-with one surprising exception: The most embattled website, carrying the name and the mission of the German-Canadian Ernst Zündel, www.zundelsite.org, is not included! The last category consists of radical, anti-Jewish, mostly Arab groups. In the list printed in this article, I have emphasized revisionist websites in bold face, and those consisting only partly of revisionist content in italics.

A more detailed analysis of the censored websites shows that some Christian and conservative-fundamentalist websites are victims of this censorship as well, and in one case even an anti-revisionist website (www.williscarto.com). Left-wing extremist, communist, or other politically or religiously fanatic/fundamentalist sites have either not even been considered worth an investigation by the authors, or they are simply not censored by Google.

It is also worth noting that all of the German sites censored by Google are equally censored by its French site (65), whereas 45 websites, which are accessible through the German search engine, are inaccessible through the French search engine. This means that censorship is currently tougher in France than it is in Germany.

More Censorship…

Google does not only serve as the search engine for Yahoo, but also for AOL, the worldwide largest internet service provider. As a consequence, all German and French AOL-customers not intentionally using a different search engine, are censored just as badly as are all users of google.de/.fr and yahoo.de/.fr. Three major other search engines with separate German and French sections-altavista, lycos and excite, censor their search result as well, though apparently not quite as strict as google. For instance, webpages from the once leading revisionist websites codoh.com and codoh.org can be found when searching with these engines. All of these search engines have in common, however, that the worldwide largest revisionist website www.vho.org is not listed under any circumstances.

Before getting upset about Google, Altavista, and all other censoring search engines, one should keep in mind that these companies do not censor voluntarily. They were forced to do this by court orders and several legal threats. The true perpetrators are sitting in Paris and Berlin and to a disproportionate degree also in synagogues.

… And Attempts to Circumvent it

One can of course try to use non-censoring search engines instead. For example, one could visit the uncensored.com search domains instead of going to the.de and.fr domains (aol.com, yahoo.com, google.com, altavista.com. excite.com, lycos.com). But Google has put a stop to this as well for all visitors, whose internet service providers have an IP address which can be identified as being located in Germany or France respectively. In such cases, Google redirects any attempt to access google.com automatically to google.de/.fr. Thus, all internet users in Germany and France are now sitting in the dark regarding the possibility of thoroughly searching the internet with the help of the largest and best search engine that there is: google.com.

It would be desirable if all users who are upset about such totalitarian censorship would demonstrate their solidarity by no longer using the search domains.de and.fr of these search engines, and in particular by not using those search engines which refuse access to its uncensored international domain, like Google. After all, this is not a matter of whether or not one agrees with the content of those sites which are censored. Tomorrow, when other powers rule or their interests change, other websites may be the victims of this censorship, and a totally different group of users might then face the situation that exactly the content he is looking for is being withheld from him, or even worse, that the content he is offering is being withheld from his potential clientele.

Dark Future

During a session of the European Council in Strasbourg on November 6th and 7th, 2002, the foreign ministers of 44 European countries represented in the European Council agreed to a protocol, which demands from those 44 nations to outlaw the following activities:[11]

  • Computer assisted distribution of racist and xenophobic material;
  • Threats and insults with racist or xenophobic motivations;
  • Denial, rude minimization, approval, or justification of genocide or crimes against humanity, in particular in context with the events of the era between 1940 and 1945 (in other words: revisionism).

All offenses mentioned in this protocol need to be committed deliberately in order to be a crime, which means that an internet service provider would not commit a crime if helping to distribute such material unknowingly, but would have to cease assisting the crime if made aware of it. During the negotiations for this protocol, representatives of the USA, of Canada, Japan, Mexico and South Africa were present as well.

Fortunately, the European Council has no legislative powers. But it may only be a matter of time until this program is accepted and cast into law in many countries around the world.

Only as an aside, it should be mentioned that the prohibition of the distribution of pedophilic material was apparently not even discussed during this Conference.


Notes

[0] Back then under www.webcom.com/ezundel/; see the paper by Ingrid Rimland, „Revisionismus im Cyberspace“, Vierteljahreshefte für freie Geschichtsforschung, 1(2) (1997), pp. 91-99.
[1] Cf. Willibald Gründer, "Der Prozeß gegen Dr. Fredrick Toben" (The trial against Dr. Fredirck Toben), Vierteljahreshefte für freie Geschichtsforschung, 1(2) (1997), S. 91-99.
[1a] Florian Körber, Rechtsradikale Propaganda im Internet – der Fall Töben, Dissertation, Logos Verlag, Berlin 2003.
[2] I do not mention any name here because now www.vho.org is listed.
[3] http://news.excite.com/news/r/000616/08/france-usa-yahoo; www.oneworld.org/ips2/june00/00_41_003.html; www.guardian.co.uk/freespeech/article/0,2763,400491,00.html; www.tomwbell.com/NetLaw/Ch03/YahooComplaint.html
[4] New York Times, Jan. 3, 2001.
[5] German weekly news magazine Spiegel, Feb. 20, 2001.
[6] http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/filtering/google/; cf. AP news release of Oct. 24, 2002; www.sltrib.com/10252002/business/10409.htm
[7] http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/filtering/google/results1.html; the authors mention 113 sites, but they have listed some sites several times, in one case with and in the other without www, in other cases they have counted subdomains as well, and some sites no longer exist, like, e.g., www.spotlight.com, www.revisionism.com.
[8] www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,51233,00.html
[9] Cf. http://www.archive.org/about/terms.php
[10] http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1105-963132.html
[11] http://press.coe.int/cp/2003/048a(2003).htm

Source: G. Rudolf, “Censorship of the Internet,” The Revisionist 1(2) (2003), pp. 220-222. Updated and expanded version.

[:de]Anfang 1996 entfachte die revisionistische Webseite www.zundelsite.org einen Sturm im damals noch kleinen Internet-Wasserglas, da der Inhalt der Seite von einigen jüdischen Lobbygruppen und insbesondere von den deutschen Behörden gehaßt wurde, die alle zusammen mit mehr oder weniger legalen Mitteln versuchten, diese umstrittene Webseite stillzulegen. Diese Zensurversuche lösten eine massive Solidarisierungswelle in der damals noch recht idealistischen Internet-Gemeinde aus. Am Ende des viele Monate währenden Kampfes hatten alle Versuche versagt, die Zundelsite lahmzulegen, unter anderem auch deshalb, weil viele Idealisten auf der ganzen Welt Kopien der Zundelsite bei sich aushingen, und zwar nicht etwa, weil sie mit dem Inhalt der Zundelsite übereinstimmten, sondern weil sie die als wichtig angesehen Redefreiheit gegen alle Zensurversuche verteidigen wollten.[1]

Ende 1996 forderte UNO-Generalsekretär Boutros Boutros-Ghali Maßnahmen auf internationaler Ebene zur Zensur fremdenfeindlichen und rassistischen Materials im Internet. In einem UNO-Bericht über Menschenrechte erwähnte der Berichterstatter Maurice Glele-Ahanhanzo zudem alarmierende, neue Tendenzen, den “Nazi-Holocaust zu leugnen”, wobei er explizit auf die Webseite des deutschen Geschichtsdissidenten Ernst Zündel hinwies.[2] Seit Anfang 1996 ist Zündels Webseite das Ziel massiver Zensurversuche sowohl legaler wie auch illegaler Natur, wie man dieser Webseite selbst entnehmen kann.[3] Ebenfalls im Jahr 1996 einigte sich die Europäische Union, ein System der freiwilligen Internet-Zensur einzuführen, die es Internet-Benutzern ermöglicht, Webseiten mit ihrer Auffassung nach illegalem Inhalt den Behörden zu melden, die dann gegen die Betreiber der Seite rechtliche Schritte einleiten können, um sie zu zwingen, illegale Inhalte entweder zu löschen oder unzugänglich zu machen.[4]

Daß es solche voreilige Selbstzensur tatsächlich gibt, bekam ich selbst wenig später zu spüren. Im September 1997 gründete ich die Webseite www.vho.org. Nach wenigen Jahren war www.vho.org zur weltweit größten revisionistischen Webseite geworden. 1998 erfuhr ich, daß es in Deutschland Suchmotoren gibt, die sich auf deutschsprachiges Material beschränkten. Da der Inhalt von www.vho.org damals noch vorwiegend deutsch war, war es nur allzu logisch meine Seite bei diesen Suchmotoren zu registrieren. Zu meiner Überraschung teilte mir eines dieser Unternehmen mit, daß es meine Seite nicht aufnehmen werde, weil sich bei der Überprüfung meiner Webseite ergeben habe, daß deren Inhalt nach deutschem Gesetz strafbar sei. Dies ist rein gesehen freilich falsch, denn nicht der Inhalt von vho.org ist illegal, sondern die deutschen Zensurgesetze sind illegal. Aber deutsche Bürokraten waren mit Überlegungen zu Menschenrecht und zur Erkenntnistheorie noch nie wirklich zu beeindrucken…[5]

Am 20. März 1997 überreagierten die österreichischen Behörden, als sie sämtliche Computeranlagen des Wiener Internetanbieters VIP beschlagnahmten, weil sich auf einem seiner Rechner eine Webseite mit Kinderpornographie befand. Als Protest gegen diese existenzvernichtende Maßnahme schalteten alle österreichischen Internetanbieter am 25. März 1997 für zwei Stunden ihre Rechner ab.[6] Ebenfalls Anfang 1997 wurde der Vorstandsvorsitzende des Internetanbieters CompuServe in Deutschland, Felix Somm, wegen Verbreitung von Kinderpornographie und geschichtsrevisionistischem Material angeklagt. Die in erster Instanz erfolgte Verurteilung zu einer zweijährigen Gefängnisstrafe auf Bewährung wurde jedoch in zweiter Instanz Ende 1999 aufgehoben und durch einen Freispruch ersetzt. Dieser Freispruch erfolgte jedoch nur, weil nach Ansicht des Gerichts noch keine technische Möglichkeit bestand, den Inhalt des Internets zu filtern.[7] Diese Entscheidung bedeutet jedoch, daß Internet-Dienstanbieter für strafbare Inhalte haftbar gemacht werden, die sich auf ihren Rechnern in Deutschland befinden. Sie bedeutet zudem, daß die vorsätzliche Verbreitung illegaler Inhalte strafverfolgt wird, was zum Beispiel zur Folge hat, daß es als verboten gilt, Links zu Seiten mit strafbaren Inhalten zu setzen.[8]

Die beschränkte Möglichkeit, Internet-Anbieter nur für das strafverfolgen zu können, was auf ihren eigenen Rechnern gespeichert ist, ließ die deutschen Behörden freilich nicht ruhen. In einer Präzedenzentscheidung urteilte der Bundesgerichtshof 1999, daß sich jeder, der im Ausland Inhalte ins Internet hängt, die in Deutschland strafbar sind, nach deutschem Recht strafbar macht und bei Ergreifung durch die deutschen Behörden entsprechend strafverfolgt werden muß.[9] Bei diesem Fall handelte es sich bezeichnenderweise nicht um die Aburteilung eines Kinderschänders, Betrügers, Terroristen oder eines sonstigen Gewaltkriminellen, sondern um den deutsch-australischen Geschichtsdissidenten Dr. Fredrick Töben.[10] Der Fall war von so zentraler Bedeutung, daß er gar Anlaß gab für eine Doktorarbeit.[11] Seither kann jeder in Deutschland für Internetinhalte verfolgt werden, sobald diese in Deutschland abrufbar sind. Damit hat Deutschland die Anwendung seines Strafrechts auf die ganze Welt ausgeweitet.

Wie die Deutschen, so waren auch die Schweizer seit Ende der 1990er Jahre eifrig auf der Suche nach einer Möglichkeit, unerwünschte Inhalte aus dem Internet herauszufiltern. So sandte die Schweizer Bundespolizei im Sommer 1998 ein Schreiben an alle Schweizer Internet-Provider, in der diese mit strafrechtlichen Schritten bedroht wurden, falls sie den Zugriff auf eine Reihe aufgelisteter Seiten nicht sperrten.[12] Parallel dazu gingen sie gegen die einzige fundamental-oppositionelle Zeitschrift der Schweiz vor, Recht+Freiheit, dessen Herausgeber Ernst Indlekofer am 19.8.1998 kurzerhand für 13 Tage in Untersuchungshaft genommen wurde.[13] Hauptvorwurf war hier die übers Internet verbreitete Kritik an den jüdischen “Finanzerpressungen” gegen die Schweiz.[14] Offenbar haben seither tatsächlich einige Provider den Zugriff zumindest auf einige der Seiten blockiert.[15]

Im Jahr 2000 wurde der Internet-Anbieter Yahoo auf Initiative jüdischer Organisationen in Frankreich verklagt, da auf seiner Internet-Auktionsseite NS-Memorabilien angeboten wurden und weil dessen Suchmotor den Zugriff auf geschichtsrevisionistisches Material erlaubte. Yahoo wurde am 20.11.2000 verurteilt, keine NS-Memorabilien mehr anzubieten und seinen Suchmotor von allen Einträgen revisionistischer Webseiten zu säubern.[16] Danach säuberte Yahoo seinen französischen Suchmotor von fast allen solchen Seiten.

Kurz nach der Niederlage in Frankreich erklärte Yahoo aufgrund massiven Druckes seitens amerikanisch-jüdischer Gruppen wie dem Simon-Wiesenthal-Zentrum, man sei sogar bereit, auch die amerikanischen Suchmotoren von Einträgen zu säubern, die von den jüdischen Gruppen gehaßt werden,[17] jedoch scheint dies bisher nicht geschehen zu sein. Statt dessen entschied man sich, Besucher mit französischen IP-Adressen ungefragt an die entsprechenden zensierten französischen Yahoo-Suchmotor umzuleiten, ihnen also den Zugriff auf die US-Suchmotoren zu verwehren.

Als Ergebnis der Verurteilung von Yahoo in Frankreich fühlte sich der Zentralrat der Juden in Deutschland ermutigt anzukündigen, daß er ähnliche Klagen gegen deutsche Suchmotoren anstrengen wird.[18] Es kann daher nicht überraschen, daß deutsche Suchmotoren bzw. die deutschsprachigen Angebote internationaler Suchmotoren umgehend anfingen, ihre Suchergebnisse ebenso von unerwünschtem Inhalt zu säubern.

Aufgrund dieser Bedrohung mit strafrechtlicher Verfolgung führten anschließend alle weltweit führenden Suchmotoren klammheimlich eine Zensur ein, indem sie bestimmte Webseiten einfach nicht mehr in den Suchergebnissen bestimmter Länder aufführen. Jeder, der zum Beispiel von einer Internet-Adresse in Deutschland aus versucht, bei dem größten Suchmotor Google.de eine revisionistische Webseite zu finden, wird leer ausgehen, und jeder Versuch, beim unzensierten US-Suchmotor Google.com zu suchen, scheitert ebenfalls, da Google alle Besucher aus Deutschland (also mit einer deutschen IP) zwangsweise nach google.de umleitet. Am effektivsten ist diese Zensur in Frankreich.[19]

Die deutschen Behörden zogen anscheinend erst vier Jahre später nach: Aufgrund des Mediendienst-Staatsvertrages begann die Bezirksregierung Düsseldorf gegen Ende 2002, an alle nordrhein-westfälischen Internetanbieter Briefe mit der Aufgeforderung zu versenden, ihren Kunden den Zugang zu bestimmten Webseiten unmöglich zu machen, indem Inhalte bestimmter Internetadressen komplett blockiert werden.[20] Die Opfer dieser Zensur sind nicht etwa Seiten mit Kinderpornographie, sondern durchweg in den USA befindliche Seiten rechtsradikaler bzw. nationalsozialistischer Gruppen.

Im Oktober 2002 sorgte eine wissenschaftliche Untersuchung über Zensur durch Internet-Suchmotoren für internationales Aufsehen. Leider führte sie jedoch nicht zu einer ähnlichen Reaktion der idealistischen Internet-Gemeinde wie anno 1996. [21]


Anmerkungen

Entnommen dem Buch von Germar Rudolf, Kardinalfragen an Deutschlands Politiker: Autobiographische Skizzen und Gedankensplitter zu Wissenschaft, Politik und Menschenrechten, zweite, revidierte und erweiterte Auflage, Juli 2012, Uckfield (East Sussex): Castle Hill Publishers

[1] Damals noch unter www.webcom.com/ezundel/; vgl. dazu den Beitrag von Ingrid Rimland, “Revisionismus im Cyberspace”, Vierteljahreshefte für freie Geschichtsforschung, 1(2) (1997), S. 91-99.
[2] www.zundelsite.org; Inter Press Service, 21.11.1996.
[3] Vgl. auch Ingrid Rimland, “Revisionismus im Cyberspace”, Vierteljahreshefte für freie Geschichtsforschung (nachfolgend als VffG abgekürzt) 1(2) (1997) S. 91-99; diess., “Ernst Zündel: Sein Kampf für Deutschland”, ebd., 7(1) (2003), S. 3-15.
[4] Index on Censorship, 6/96.
[5] Der Suchmotor bleibt hier unerwähnt, da er vho.org inzwischen doch aufführt.
[6] Vgl. http://www.vov.de/von-uns/presse/mitteilung.phtml?id=40.
[7] Associated Press, 17.11.1999, http://www.cyber-rights.org/isps/somm-dec.htm.
[8] Als Beispiel vgl. http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/51930: Ein Angeklagter wird verurteilt, weil er einen Link zu einer verbotenen rechten Webseite gesetzt hat.
[9] BGH, Az. 1 StR 184/00, 12.12.2000; Tatjana Hörnle, “Verbreitung der Auschwitzlüge im Internet”, Neue Strafrechts-Zeitung 6 (2001), S. 305-311.
[10] Vgl. Willibald Gründer, “Der Prozeß gegen Dr. Fredrick Toben”, VffG, 4(1) (2000), S. 97-100.
[11] Florian Körber, Rechtsradikale Propaganda im Internet – der Fall Töben, Dissertation, Logos Verlag, Berlin 2003.
[12] Schreiben der BuPo, Bern, 23. Juli 1998/Br; abschriftlich per E-mail erhalten und wiedergegeben auf: vgl. www.vho.org/censor/CH-Bupo-Brief.html.
[13] Tycho Brahe, “Polizeistaatliche Repression gegen Dissidenten in der Schweiz”, VffG 2(4) (1998), S. 298f.
[14] www.ruf-ch.org.
[15] Persönliche Information zweier Schweizer Kunden, die seither keinen Zugriff mehr auf www.vho.org bekommen können.
[16] http://news.excite.com/news/r/000616/08/france-usa-yahoo; www.oneworld.org/ips2/june00/00_41_003.html; www.guardian.co.uk/freespeech/article/0,2763,400491,00.html; www.tomwbell.com/NetLaw/Ch03/YahooComplaint.html.
[17] New York Times, 3.1.2001.
[18] Der Spiegel, 20. Feb. 2001.
[19] Vgl. Germar Rudolf, “Zensur im Internet”, VffG 6(4) (2002), S. 470-473.
[20] www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/24721.
[21] Vgl. http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/filtering/google/; cf. AP news release of Oct. 24, 2002; www.sltrib.com/10252002/business/10409.htm; siehe auch Anm. 19.

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