March 12, 2010, The Age, Asher Moses and Ari Sharp,

Australia on internet watchlist with Iran, North Korea

A top media rights watchdog has listed Australia along with Iran and North Korea in a report on countries that pose a threat of internet censorship.

Paris-based media rights group Reporters Without Borders on Thursday put Australia and South Korea on its list of countries “under surveillance” in its “Internet Enemies” report.

Australia was listed for the government’s plan to block access to websites featuring material such as rape, drug use, bestiality and child sex abuse.

Free speech, hate speech, ethical issues, legal issues, public interests, media law, code of journalism in the field, then government censorship, which one of them weighs more actually?

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