Alain Kessi on Tue, 20 Apr 1999 06:56:17 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> [Fwd: Suspension of Mail Service to Yugoslavia]

why do i automatically read "e-mail" when i see "mail"? anyway, as most
of you probably understood before it was rubbed under my nose, it's the
postal snail-mail services from yugoslavia to the us that have been
interrupted by the us administration, not the e-mail. this is, of
course, just as outrageous as e-mail being interrupted. are any
campaigns planned in the us against this? would it be possible to
organize relays, for instance in western european countries, which would
send letters on to the us? are there other nato countries resorting to
this primitive and blunt form of censorship?


Date: Mon, 19 Apr 1999 14:25:08 -0700
From: Pat Procopio <pprocopio@UCSD.Edu>
Subject: Re: Suspension of Mail Service to Yugoslavia

Dear Alain,

UCSD Mail Services received the directive from the U.S. Postal Service
based on the conflict in Yugoslavia.  Written correspondence to Yugoslavia
having to go through the U.S. Postal Service is suspended until further
notice.  This is not a hoax.  Computerized e-mail correspondence sent via
the internet are still an option for you.

Pat Procopio
Manager, UCSD Mail Services

At 09:44 PM 4/19/99 +0300, you wrote:
>Dear postmaster,
>I just received notice that UCSD Mail Services had suspended all
>international mail services to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
>(Serbia and Montenegro). I am a journalist working for international
>media, covering the Balkan region from Sofia, Bulgaria. I am very
>concerned by the grave breach of the freedom of expression that this
>policy of the U.S. Postal Service constitutes, if the message that was
>forwarded to me turns out to be authentic.
>May I get confirmation that this is not a hoax? Were any arguments given
>by the U.S. Postal Service for this measure of censorship? What would
>happen if the UCSD Mail Services did not accept this measure, stood up
>for the freedom of expression and continued to distribute e-mails from
>Looking forward to your answer. With best regards,
>Alain Kessi
>Journalist, Sofia and Zurich
>>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>>Date: Thu, 15 Apr 1999 10:50:26 -0700 (PDT)
>>Subject: Suspension of Mail Service to Yugoslavia
>>University of California, San Diego
>>           Mail Services Division
>>        April 14,1999
>>SUBJECT: Suspension of Mail Service to Yugoslavia
>>Mail Services was just notified by the U.S. Postal Service that
>>effective immediately, all international mail service to the Federal
>>Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) has been suspended due
>>to the armed conflict in that country.  Any mail received by Mail
>>Services will be returned to sender until we are notified that the
>>suspension has been lifted.
>>The suspension will remain in effect until further notice.  As soon as
>>we hear any change on this situation from the U.S. Postal Service, we
>>will pass the information on to you.
>>We regret any hardship that this suspension of service may cause.  The
>>Mail Services staff is available to answer any questions you may have
>>regarding this suspension.  Please call us at x-41164.
>> Pat Procopio
>> Mail Services Manager

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