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French Closer magazine closed

  • Posted by Michael Carroll
  • October 14, 2012 10:55 AM BST
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It seems it is impossible to access the website of French magazine Closer. To my mind, there can only be two reasons why.

First, the website is inundated with people trying to log on. The reason for this is that the magazine has reportedly published pictures of the UK's Duchess of Cambridge topless, and the next thing most of us do when reading those reports is attempt to log in to see what all the fuss is about.

However, there is a second, potentially more sinister, reason. The website is being blocked so none of us can log in to see what all the fuss is about.

If the latter is true, it raises some serious questions about web and media freedoms. While governments may sometimes block access to information on the grounds of national security, there seems no such justification in the case of these pictures, so if the site is being blocked there is a serious breach of our right to information.

I'm guessing, though, that the former reason is the most likely explanation, given that the public was easily able to access pictures of Prince Harry naked in a hotel room in the US only a few weeks ago. Lets hope so, as the other alternative is almost too Orwellian to contemplate.

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