My husband, The Uncooperative Radio Show Host does not like the movie that I am going to reference and hates when I reference it. But, I think it’s very appropiate for this subject. I’ll tell you the name after you’all read this little tid-bit.
An Australian state has become one of the few places in the world to censor the Internet, the Adelaide Advertiser reported on Tuesday.
A new law, which came into force on January 6, requires Internet bloggers, and anyone making a comment on next month’s state election in South Australia, to publish their real name and postcode when commenting on the poll. The law will affect anyone posting a comment on an election story on Australian news Web sites.
It also appears to apply to election comment made on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
The law, which was pushed through last year as part of a raft of amendments to the Electoral Act, also requires media organizations to keep a person’s real name and full address on file for six months. They face fines of about $5,000 if they do not hand over this information to the Electoral Commissioner.
The Right to Know Coalition, made up of Australia’s major media outlets including News Limited, publisher of The Advertiser, has called the new laws “draconian.”
Ok, the movie I always fall back on when it comes to “free speech” is; drum roll—V For Victory!!
The call for more and more governments to take away our free speech has been accelerated as more people have knowledge at their fingertips. Look, the job of government is to control us, the job of “we the people” is to stop that process.
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