Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Esquire Editor Fined for Promoting Silk Road

From this March 15th, 2012 Russia Today broadcast, it is amusing to watch the news anchors struggle around trying not to mention something that they are not allowed to mention.

According to realhuman on the Reddit site, "Police called it 'promotion of drugs'. The magazine published buyers' reviews about different sellers and how to log in with tor and buy with bitcoin. The fine was about $1300."

For further reading:
"Russian Esquire magazine fined for writing about Silk Road", Amir Taaki, Bitcoin Media, March 15, 2012
"Silk Road: A Vicious Blow to the War on Drugs", The Austin Cut, January 2, 2012
"Bit Coins for Black Markets", Virginia Prescott, New Hampshire News, November 16, 2011
"Using Silk Road", gwern.net, June 2011


  1. The Streisand Effect keeps this story going: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streisand_effect

    She made sure to mention "from America", and "American website".

    When you win an online auction on eBay which ships from another country, do you describe that purchase as being "from America" (which is where eBay is headquartered)?

  2. This is absolutely ridiculous. Heard of anything like this happen in the States?