UN rights boss concerned at targeting of WikiLeaks

GENEVA Thu Dec 9, 2010 10:44am EST

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GENEVA Dec 9 (Reuters) - U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay voiced concern on Thursday at reports of pressure being exerted on private companies to halt financial or Internet services for WikiLeaks.

Pillay said that taken together, the measures could be interpreted as an attempt to prevent Wikileaks from publishing, thereby violating its right to freedom of expression.

"I am concerned about reports of pressure exerted on private companies including banks, credit card companies and Internet service providers to close down credit lines for donations to Wikileaks, as well as to stop hosting the website," she told a news conference. (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Matthew Jones)

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