Posted by: euromediablog | March 17, 2009

Censorship vs. Internet Pornography

Germany’s family minister Ursula von der Leyen announced recently her plans to counteract children pornography in internet, by issuing a law that would effectively censor the visits of websites showing the controversial content. For this purpose she would need the help of the major internet providers in the country. The latter however, are not so eager on banning dangerous sites, because such measures could lead to accusations of censorship and to a potential loss of customers. Although not a single user would publicly regret the ban of children pornography, many of them condemn this bill as a beginning of the internet censorship in Europe. With Germany’s minister of inner affairs Wolfgang Schäuble constantly trying to ban terrorism sites and French president Sarkozy recently prohibiting illegal downloading of copyrighted content we face once again the most fundamental mediapolitical question of our time. Is internet regulation (also in the form of censorship) acceptable in the times of technology-driven neoliberal democracy?

For further information: spiegel online

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