French National Assembly Approves Internet Censorship Law

from the lovely dept

We were just talking about how Thai government officials were admitting that internet blacklists simply don't work, and along comes France's National Assembly to approve a law to set up a blacklist allowing the government to censor any website it doesn't like. The full law isn't passed yet, apparently, as it still needs to be approved by a variety of others before it becomes a law. There's also some hope that the French Constitutional Council would refuse to validate the law.

Filed Under: blacklist, censorship, france, free speech, internet, internet filter

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    teka, 17 Dec 2010 @ 5:58pm


    Section 4 of the Bill Loppsi 2, text tote on Homeland Security, was finally adopted. It will allow the government to filter the Internet using a blacklist issued by the Ministry of Interior, without the intervention of the judiciary. A measure that the government justify the need to better fight against child pornography sites and cybercrime in general.

    In other words, a bill allowing the Ministry of Interior to decide to decide to block things, without messy details like courts or charges. The bill is touted to be designed to fight kiddie porn, because that is a free pass for passing almost anything.

    The government deciding what people are allowed to see or talk about.. that is certainly not censorship, right? And this blacklisting power would never be abused to further someones political ambitions, never.

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