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There's a debate raging in Hungary right now about who has the power to shut down an anti-Semitic website. The site is hosted by a webserver in the USA although edited and operated from Hungary. Prime Minister Viktor Orban has written to the US Congress and asked then to 'assist in terminating the anti-Semitic provocations in Hungary supported from the United States'.
Comments on various blogs here show that many believe that the US government has the power to shut down the site, but won't as it will be seen as a denial of free speech. Others think that Orban would be best served in going for the editors of the blog rather than its host.
This site has been shut down once before. And the man responsible for that has posted his own answer to the current debate.
Because I was the one who once managed to shut down kuruc.info, which was using a server in the United States, I know that the U.S. government does not have the authority to forbid the operation of an objectionable website. That is legally and physically impossible. We are talking here about a civil contract that is the outside the purview of the American government.
Bartus goes on to raise another interesting point:
One wonders where the governance is...
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