More Nation-Level Web Censorship, As Sri Lanka Blocks News Sites It Doesn't Like

from the is-this-really-the-precedent-the-US-wants-to-set? dept

It appears that more and more countries are viewing web censorship as a viable political tool. As the US government considers going down that road by requiring DNS blocking on certain sites over copyright infringement, Sri Lanka has decided to jump into the game as well, blocking five news sites that officials found insulting. Even though the law doesn't appear to allow such blocking, the government has declared that these sites committed "character assassination," and that makes such censorship okay. Amusingly, among the countries protesting this action is the US, who has said it's concerned about press freedom in Sri Lanka. I'm sure the Sri Lankan diplomats, in turn, will simply point to PROTECT IP/SOPA and say "um, guys... you're trying to do the same thing..." Once again, the US obsession over copyright is undermining State Department's efforts on internet freedom.

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    Anonymous Coward, 9 Nov 2011 @ 7:21am

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    "I'm afraid, if a newspaper allows illegal content, nine times out of ten it'll just issue an apology (the size of a fingernail on page 39, right next to the dating advertisements)."

    If the newspaper allowed CP to be published as part of it's paper, or other illegal content, they wouldn't just get to put up a little retraction, they would suffer grave legal consequences of their actions. Using the excuse "it's user submitted content from an anonymous source that we actively try to not track" wouldn't go over very well.

    All anyone wants is for the online world to draw back even to the "real" world in a liability sense.

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