Indymedia Under Fire -- Pending Lawsuit Threatens Freedom Of Speech

According to documents recently posted to the Houston IMC News Wire, Loel Coleman, a Houston area lawyer, plans to file a lawsuit against the Houston IMC alleging "libel" on Monday, March 3, 2003. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will represent Houston IMC during the proceedings. Mr. Coleman's actions are widely seen as an attack on open-publishing (e.g., he has demanded IP logs from Houston IMC) and an attempt to undermine Indymedia generally. Loel Coleman's case may set legal precedent and is of concern for all Indepedent Media Centers. Copies of the libel suit and plaintiff demands are attached.


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