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Here's a question for the blogosphere: should States have the right to shut down bloggers on the grounds of hate speech?
And who defines "hate speech"?
A Canadian blogsite, Free Dominion, is facing this nightmare as we speak.
Posted by iwishart on July 26, 2007 at 12:55 AM in Weblogs | Permalink
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I don't know who defines hate speech but I am sure you could provide some samples of your own as possible exemplars!
July 26, 2007 at 12:59 PM
That's going a bit far. I don't think "mad Muslim scientists" would pass the laugh test.
Sam Finnemore |
July 26, 2007 at 01:25 PM
I was going to post on this but a comment here is just as good.
Political Blogger in the firing line in Malaysia
July 26, 2007 at 02:22 PM
This looks scary. Might be an idea to put on hold any plans to open a branch of "Investigate" in Malaysia!
Or do they have a right wing government over there?
July 26, 2007 at 02:41 PM
Canada has hate-speech legislation that means they could possibly do this (though I doubt they will), unless the blogger in question was expressing a religious opinion, in which case they can't be shut down.
Ryan Sproull |
July 26, 2007 at 03:13 PM
I thought they were smarter than that in Canada.
Religion is obviously able to be used as a tool of worldly bigotry, but untouchable (and probably untaxable) because of please of affinity with ancient myths and legends!
I had thought it would be better if "Investigate" was split into two parts - religious and secular.
On second thoughts may be smartest to keep the two together!
July 26, 2007 at 04:22 PM
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