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for the Labour Movement
Public Services International, the global federation of trade
unions representing 20 million public service workers, condemns
Biwater, a privately-owned multinational company, for attempting
to silence democratic debate about water privatisation in South
Biwater Plc are trying to censor LabourNet, and an important
campaign it has publicised, by using legal threats to attempt
to completely remove from the Internet items associated with the
South African Municipal Workers' Union's fight against water privatisation.
In particular, Biwater is trying to remove all traces and references
to an article published in the South African Mail and Guardian
newspaper that has never been the subject of any libel action
and whose author, Eddie Koch, fully stands by the article.
Biwater believe they can frighten
service providers into dropping perfectly legitimate material
that is available without restriction elsewhere by threats of
law suits for substantial damages.
Let's prove them
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Article from Mail & Guardian, April 11, 1997
House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee
Joint statement by Inform
- APC in Denmark and Antenna - APC in the Netherlands
US LaborNet statement
Statement by IPANEX - APC