Is A Blogger Strike The Best Way To Fight Back Against Laws Designed To Quiet Bloggers?

from the doesn't-seem-like-it dept

Last month, we wrote about a proposed law in Italy that would likely have serious chilling effects on bloggers and other independent online producers, by setting up fines for not pulling down content if someone accuses the site of defamation (not upon a court verdict, just upon accusation). In response, bloggers throughout Italy went on a "blog strike" to protest the proposed law. However, CitMediaLaw points us to a blog post raising the question of how a blog strike accomplishes that goal? If anything it would seem to do the opposite. By silencing themselves, and not talking about the issues, it keeps those issues out of the discussion for whatever period of time. Instead of silencing, why not do what the bloggers do best and talk about the problems of the law so that many more people are aware of them?

Filed Under: bloggers, censorship, defamation, free speech, italy


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    zaven (profile), 19 Aug 2009 @ 5:48am

    Reverse Psychology?

    Perhaps the idea would be to show people what they'd be missing before the proposed law is voted on. In theory, this doesn't seem like such a bad idea. In practice, I'm not sure how they would pull it off. It's not like there's some special blogging authority that oversees all blogging.

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