Posted tagged ‘Government Approaches’

Watch what you say!

July 4, 2010

I was reading about the Internet Content Regulation and Speech Law earlier today and I thought it would be good to blog it. What I’m going to focus on here is about Hate Speech. As a medium the Internet has been used for exchanging and sharing information, ideas and knowledge. Although the freedom of speech law has given everybody the right to express themselves without interference, it has not given an absolute liberty.

Whatever you express about your thought or opinion, you need to be careful to not violate rights and freedom of others and respect them morally and lawfully. Hate speech against race and religion comes under the principal category of the Internet content regulation which is one of the initiative consideration for censorship by governments. All censoring, controlling or attempting to control are based on subject matter. Along these lines government approaches are using penalties (fines or imprisonment), banning the access to unsuitable contents, prohibition of public access and encouraging self-regulation and end-user voluntary use of filtering techniques.

France has been recently focused on enforcing French laws forbidding race hate material. In this regard, a French court ruled that Yahoo! Inc must make the accessibility to auctioning race hate memorabilia, especially those were related to anti-Jewish expression impossible in May 2000. 

In November 2001, a U.S. District Court in defence of Yahoo! and U.S. Amendment ruled that there is no need for Yahoo! to comply with French court’s order in regard to block the access to U.S. websites which were Nazi-related contents. This was because French sites complied with France’s laws prohibiting advertising Nazi memorabilia. However, the U.S. court ruled that the American companies are immune to being regulated by authorities in countries with more restriction on freedom of expression.      

Well, on the Internet speakers can hide in the cloak of anonymity, emboldened to say things that they may not say in the public eye! and the negative effects of such speech are harmful.                        

What’s your take on it?