Net Classification Scheme Blocks Award-Winning News Content

Net Classification Scheme Blocks Award-Winning News Content

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]


  • This proposed filter is absolute craziness…

    I’m sure a lot of people have written letters to their MPs and maybe Lifehacker could post an article with more suggestions for action?

    I’ve bought one of the protest tshirts and I’ve also sent 220 letters to every member of both houses of parliament. From the 50 or so responses I’ve received so far, it’s looking like there’s a lot of support for the filter.

  • We had the same problem at our university. They installed a filtering system similar to the proposed government scheme, but stricter. It ended up blocking access to our blackboard (internal system for communicating with lecturers and downloading resources) and the uni’s own website. After months of protest from staff and students, they removed it.

  • Note the first comment to that article – the proposed filter would not actually block this video even though it is still illegal to view. Can someone here confirm?

  • Why not protest by submitting complaints about absolutely everything? Surely the extra workload would cause the censorship process to grind to a halt. I say we all Rickroll the ACMA today!

  • Hey! Lifehacker! its not RC, its R18+. Meaning it can’t be published on an australian website, or linked to from an australian wensite, under the *current* scheme. it wouldn’t be on the blacklist, but similar material quite easily could be.

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