Thursday, December 4, 2008

Facebook group creator detained by Croatian police

AP, December 02, 2008

ZAGREB, Croatia: Send good karma, post a photo, criticize the prime minister — all things you can do with the click of a mouse at Facebook, right?

In Croatia, the last one might be a click too far. A man who launched a Facebook group critical of Prime Minister Ivo Sanader has been detained and questioned by police.

Some in the country are crying foul, sensing a move to quash cyber-debate.

Political analyst Jelena Lovric called the detention a "notorious abuse of police for political purposes." And the leader of the opposition Social Democrats, Zoran Milanovic, said Monday the police action endangered freedom of expression.

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