Internet Censorship

The poet recently awarded with the 2006 Premio Cervantes (considered as the Spanish language Nobel prize for literature), Antonio Gamoneda, has said that controls should be put in place on the Internet to verify and check what gets published. (news article in El Mundo)

He claims not to have used the Internet ever, but he deems it appropriate to install such controls to avoid things like a false interview with him which, he says, is published on the net.

Basically he is proposing censorship on the Internet. This is almost technically impossible, but the serious part in his proposal is even the thought of curbing freedom of speech on the Internet.

On the Internet there are false interviews, along with other false information, and side by side with lots of true information. Exactly the same situation occurs in the world of daily press, books, or even conversations among people: It is human nature and it cannot be limited. A communication media must be free.

Then again, what could we expect from this poet, who is a friend and admirer of the Spanish prime minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero?. This proposal for censorship is not all that surprising, for it is identical to the “Consejo Audiovisual de Cataluña, (CAC)” (Catalonia Audiovisual Governing Body), created by three local nationalist Catalonian parties, allowed by Rodríguez Zapatero, in Catalonia. The CAC body has the goal to decide what is true and what is not true, to control what gets published in Catalonian communication media.

Now Gamoneda joins Rodríguez Zapatero, and Catalonian nationalists Maragall and Carod Rovira to bring the CAC concept to the Internet.

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