Italy Proposes Law To Force Bloggers To Take Down Content Claimed To Be 'Defamatory'

from the silencing-dissent dept

We've noticed in the past that there have been an awful lot of questionable anti-internet laws proposed in Italy over the past few years, and it appears that's not ending any time soon. The latest, as pointed out by CitMediaLaw is a proposed new law that would potentially fine bloggers as much as $18,000 if they do not remove content called defamatory within in a short period of time. Note that this is not content that a lawsuit finds to be defamatory, but merely content that someone declares to be defamatory. In other words, it's a great way to force bloggers to delete any content someone doesn't like. As the article notes, with so much of the mainstream media in the country owned by the Prime Minister himself, having alternative outlets for news and information is important -- but this bill would put serious chilling effects on those alternative outlets. In response, a bunch of bloggers have apparently gone on "strike" and refused to post content one day to protest the proposed law.
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    Geno (profile), 20 Jul 2009 @ 8:17am

    MCS LAWL

    Just the smart ones like yourself should be able to use the internet, right? Anonymous insults are spoken by persons walking by you every day, we should fine them too? No more picking on someone you disagree with, voicing your opinion, you may have to do time or pay crazy fines. Thicken that skin and realize your good name is maintained by your integrity and not by bloggers. It should only be the courts that decide, after a hearing whether the blogger has stepped over the line.

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