Whether or not the sites that are being taken down are, in fact, violating the law, everything about this process is highly questionable. Taking down websites without a court order is a blatant attack on free speech. And, yes, while the UK does not have the same free speech traditions as the US, it does still hold itself out as being a believer in free speech. It is difficult to see the shuttering of a website without any due process as little more than blatant censorship.
Look. Brits make a lot of claims about their traditions of liberty, but they have no written constitution, their body of law is even more at the mercy of the authorities than is ours, and England as a whole has devolved into an authoritarian security state where the organs of the law pretty much get to decide what is the law on their own.
In other words, England may vaguely resemble a nation of free men, but it has not been such for quite a few decades now.
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