|Wikinews on Australian Censorship
||[Mar. 22nd, 2009|08:02 pm]
According to Wikinews Friday March 20th. 2009
Portions of Wikileaks.org, the "uncensorable Wikipedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis", has been blocked in Australia. Wikinews has also learned that three URL links to Wikipedia, a free, online encyclopedia anyone can edit, have also been blocked. Portions of the video sharing website YouTube have also been blocked.
"This week saw Australia joining China and the United Arab Emirates as the only countries censoring Wikileaks. We were not notified by ACMA. Australian democracy must not be permitted to sleep with this loaded gun. If Australia's 'Senator for Censorship', Steven Conroy, has his way, Australia will be the first Western country to have a mandatory Internet censorship regime," said Wikileaks in another statement on their website.
"The first rule of censorship is that you cannot talk about censorship".
On the 21st. March the Digital Liberty Coaltion organised a "March in March" event outside Parliament House in Canberra to highlight opposition to Senator Conroy's mandatory internet filtering scheme.
This speech is by John Kaye - Greens NSW Parliament (who believes Conroy's plan is an "open door to dictatorship")
Canberra is somewhat short on amenities for visiting Werringtonians. I'll admit to having taken a leak on the walls of the Department of Trade and Foreign Affairs. I was also subjected to a Parliament House meat pie ($4) - this being the only available eatery between Canberra "railway station" and Parliament House.