Stephen Conroy’s protestations that Labor’s Great Firewall of Australia will not include political content have rapidly become farcical. We all know about how the anti-abortion websites make the blacklist,but to make makes matters infinity more horrific, ACMA actually issued a takedown notice to an online discussion forum to remove the link, or face a $11,000 in fines a day. Seriously. This is not a joke.
As of today, it has been revealed that WikiLeaks – the whistle blower anti-corruption site responsible for unveiling many abuses by government (or, as I blogged on previously, (by the UN) also has had sections censored.
In fact, not only has it blocked the site, but “On this occasion ACMA has also referred the matter to the appropriate law enforcement agency.” No doubt a take down notice on this will also shortly be sent.
This is truly horrifying, 1984-type stuff.
Somebody Think of the Children (a great site on moral panic well worth you all reading) has a good summary on this, including the report on WikiLeaks, and a link to EFA’s response with the following quote:
“The spin is starting to wear thin. It can no longer be denied that the blacklist targets a huge range of material that is legal and even uncontroversial. Politically controversial material will be blocked, as we have seen today. As time goes on, pressure will only mount on the Government to expand the list, while money and effort are poured into an enormous black box that will neither help kids nor stem the flow of illegal material.”
As I blogged about earlier today, Xenophon’s change of heart means diddly-sqaut. This legislation is a very real threat, and one we must all fight.
All it takes for Evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing…
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