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The director of the Campaign Against Censorship of the Internet in Britain has challenged Dr Laurence Godfrey to sue him following claims by CACIB that it was gagged over the publication of a story on its Web site. The civil liberties Web site was taken down after Laurence Godfrey, who recently won damages in a libel case against Demon, asked for a headline on the story to be removed. CACIB refused, which, under current law left the ISP hosting the site little choice but to remove it. Hutty, who wrote the story, said: "What I've written is not an actionable libel. "If he wants to sue it's up to him," he said. "We stand behind our comments, but the ISP is naturally neither willing nor able to get involved. The result is that we are presumed guilty, and censored, because our ISP does not want to pay the legal fees to defend us. "This shows that ISPs desperately need legal immunity from the actions of their customers," said Hutty. Godfrey yesterday told The Register that he did ask CACIB to amend the article but that it refused. He maintains that he did not ask for the site to be removed. "They are trying to a make a story about nothing," he said. CACIB has republished its Web site using servers based in the US. Related Stories and Links Campaign Against Censorship of the Internet in Britain Demon coughs up damages in Godfrey libel case Clarification: libel case author not libel case author UK Court rules on ISP liability.

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