Letter: In brief

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The Independent Culture
Sir: When the editor of Which? Online (letter, 28 April) calls for "co-operation between agencies to apprehend individuals who publish illegal material" on the Net he skates over the question of who decides what that means. The Net is international. Whose laws would apply to it? I would be unhappy if everyone posting something deemed illegal by the Taliban in Afghanistan or by the current regime in Serbia were liable thereby to be apprehended by the British police. There is no merit in defending free speech only for things with which we ourselves agree.

ERIC THOMPSON

London NW2

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