Hungary, Venezuela Each Start To Regulate Internet Content To Stop Political Commentary The Gov't Doesn't Like
from the yeah,-that'll-work dept
Recently, we mocked a proposed law in Venezuela to regulate internet content, and it appears that law has passed and it’s even more ridiculous than originally thought. The part we had found funny would have said that certain “adult” content could only be online at night, as if the internet worked like television. The approved regulations are even more insane. It says that all Internet traffic is supposed to pass through a single, government-controlled access point and forbids any content that disrespects public officials. Uh, yeah, that’s called censorship. Amusingly, supporters of the bill, in a true Orwellian manner claim that by sending all internet traffic through a single government controlled access point will “make the internet faster.” Um, yeah, that’s not how the internet works.
If we jump halfway around the world, to Hungary, it appears the government there is doing something similar. Glyn Moody points us to the news that the Hungarian Parliament has approved a new law regulating all media content — including online. Apparently, any content judged not to be “politically balanced,” will get fined. Of course, it’s the ruling party that has their fingers on the scale to determine what is, and what is not, considered “balanced.” The law will also require journalists to hand over names of sources. Think of it as the opposite of a shield law for journalists. Anyway, if the Hungarian government believes this post is not politically balanced enough for their censors, well, tough luck.