A central African country has suspended Internet
entrepreneur Kim Dotcom's new website domain.
The Gabon government said it was immediately suspending the
me.ga site to "protect intellectual property rights" and
"fight cyber crime effectively", the phys.org website
The country's Communication Minister Blaise Louembe said
Gabon could not "serve as a platform or screen for committing
acts aimed at violating copyrights, nor be used by
Me.ga is the follow-up to Megaupload, which was shut down in
January when police swooped on the Dotcoms' Coatesville
mansion outside Auckland to seize computers and other
It was due to be hosted on Gabon's .ga domain.
Dotcom, a German national who holds New Zealand residency,
faces an extradition hearing in March even though a New
Zealand court ruled that the January raid and seizure were
unlawful, and the nation's spy agency was found to have
illegally spied on Dotcom.
On Twitter, Dotcom said he had an alternative domain.
"This just demonstrates the bad faith witch hunt the US
government is on."