The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression backs up the European Parliament's position on the Telecoms Package which calls for due process where Internet freedom of expression is to be restricted.
A United Nations report released today has a stern message for democratic governments that want to impose meaures to restrict the Internet. He says that restrictions applied to the Internet must be limited to issues such as public security, and that cutting off access - for copyright enforcement or any other reason - is a disproporationate measure. Singled out for special reprimand are the UK's Digital Economy Act and France's Hadopi law, which the report considers ‘alarming'.
The report is entitled Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue. It addresses freedom of expression on the Internet from a global perspective. What's interesting is that it does not just focus on autocratic regimes and dictatorships that restrict political speech. Instead, it widens the brief to investigate other restrictions imposed by liberal democracies, including those in the European Union.
The UN report is concerned about liability for content being
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