Monday, February 28, 2005


Google to practice self-censorship in Germany

According to Index for Free Expression,
Some of the subjects are expected - child pornography, racist and right wing extremist “hate” sites – some a little less obvious - treasonable conduct and glorification of violence among them. The system also allows people to nominate pages for censorship via an online form submission page.
The latter fact reminds me of this
With not much original reporting, I discovered that the latest big fine by the FCC against a TV network -- a record $1.2 million against Fox for its "sexually suggestive" Married by America -- was brought about by a mere three people who actually composed letters of complaint. Yes, just three people.
And this
In a speech written for a meeting at St Anne's College, Oxford, she [BBC Director of Television Jana Bennett] noted that that "it is now easy for relatively small numbers of protesters to organise what may appear to be mass protests". To cave in to protests could lead to Britain following the example of America, where last year's moral outrage over the Janet Jackson "Nipplegate" scandal has led to television networks steering clear of shows that could offend vocal lobby groups.

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