Net Classification Scheme Blocks Award-Winning News Content

Net Classification Scheme Blocks Award-Winning News Content
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We’ve already seen evidence of the problems that a complaint-based classification system can bring. Now here’s a disturbing example of the kinds of content that can get blocked even before the proposed Net censorship system kicks in.

At iTWire, David Heath notes that video footage of protester Neda Agha-Soltan, who was killed at a protest in Iran, has been refused classification and thus can’t be linked to or shown in Australia. It’s incidents like this which tend to make the comments of censorship supporters — who argue that the scheme will solely be used to block RC content such as child pornography, and not to try and minimise debate on contentious topics — sound depressingly hollow. Written your protest letter yet?

I am muzzled [iTWire]

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