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Web censorship: BBC Correspondent reports

Discussion in 'Speaker's Corner' started by Shackley, 29 May 2006.

  1. Shackley


    Joined: 4 Aug 2003

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    As human rights group Amnesty International launches a global campaign to try to halt censorship of the internet by governments, BBC correspondents report from some countries where web users face difficulties - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/5024874.stm

    Amnesty are asking for signatures to a petition to stop companies such as Google, MSN, AOL etc. helping states to stifle debate on the Internet. The petition reads :
    "I believe the Internet should be a force for political freedom, not repression. People have the right to seek and receive information and to express their peaceful beliefs online without fear or interference.

    I call on governments to stop the unwarranted restriction of freedom of expression on the Internet – and on companies to stop helping them do it.
    Sign this pledge"

    I would urge you to read the petition, sign it if you agree and tell as many people as you can about it. The petition is at http://irrepressible.info/pledge
  2. 4T5

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    I remember when i was first on the Net and there was a feeling of total freedom. Like an underground club that had no rules as there were none needed.
    How things change.

    Thanks for the heads up.
  3. Shackley


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    Incidentally, the Amnesty International petition is still accessible from the UK, so if you haven't done so yet, sign up while you can ;)
  4. teaboy5


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    Funny how the BBC report this, yet they are well known for removing comments which don't agree with the content.
  5. Dingo


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    Location: Sandy, Beds

    With you on this one....duly siogned ;)
  6. Shackley


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    Got any examples of this behaviour?