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Chavez: Regulate the Internet


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Sep 29, 2005
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Surfing the Oceans of Liquidity
Hugh has a pretty thin skin, apparently.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called for regulation of the Internet on Saturday while demanding authorities crack down on a critical news Web site that he accused of spreading false information.

In a televised speech, Mr. Chavez said: "The Internet can't be something free where anything can be done and said. No, every country has to impose its rules and regulations," Mr. Chavez said.

He singled out the Venezuelan news site Noticiero Digital, saying it had posted false information that some of his close allies had been killed.

Mr. Chavez called for Venezuela's attorney general to take action immediately against the Web site. "This is a crime," he said of the site's reports.

There was no immediate reaction from the Web site, which is a popular outlet for critical news and commentary in Venezuela.

Mr. Chavez has regularly clashed with critical broadcasters and newspapers. One anti-Chavez channel, Radio Caracas Television, was forced to move to cable in 2007 after the president refused to renew its license. In January, cable and satellite TV providers also stopped transmitting that channel under government orders after it defied regulations requiring it to televise some of Chavez's speeches.

Referring to satellite TV channels, Mr. Chavez said, "It can't be that they transmit whatever they want poisoning the minds of many people -- regulation, regulation, the laws!"

The last anti-Chavez channel on the open airwaves, Globovision, faces multiple investigations by government regulators for alleged violations of broadcast regulations. ...

Chavez: Internet Should Be Regulated - WSJ.com


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Nov 29, 2008
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A lot of people do not believe in freedom of speech.

Massachusetts Anti-Bullying bill S2283:
"Whoever publishes any false material whether written, printed, electronic, televised, or broadcast with intent to maliciously promote hatred of any group of persons in the commonwealth because of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, or disability shall be guilty of libel and shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or both."

Who decides what is hate speech?

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