Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Govt launches net crackdown

THE federal Government plans to outlaw using the internet for [alleged] "offensive and menacing purposes", proposing new laws that could mean two years in prison for activities like organising or advocating [alleged] violent protests through the internet. A joint statement from Communications Minister Senator Richard Alston and Justice Minister Chris Ellison said the new laws were part of a crackdown on e-crime.

"People using the internet to advocate or facilitate [alleged] violent protests, for example by [allegedly] spreading information on methods of violently disrupting international meetings and [allegedly] attacking police officers protecting such gatherings, including those using the internet to [allegedly] harass or menace others are amongst those who could be prosecuted under the new offences," the statement [should] say.

Other targets would include those using the internet to [allegedly] encourage criminal acts. The new laws are part of a package of legislation that will [allegedly] tackle other offences including child pornography and the rebirthing of mobile phones.

The legislation will also introduce "criminal penalties for [allegedly] placing material on the internet that would be regarded by reasonable persons as being, in all the circumstances, [allegedly] offensive". [A government stooge reasonable person?]

However, the new laws will include specific exemptions for internet service providers and content hosts "where they do not have knowledge of the content of the material that they transmit or host".

Under current laws, it is an offence to use a telecommunications service "in a way that would be considered by a reasonable person as offensive, or with the result that another person is menaced or harassed". The proposed legislation would extend the provisions to cover the internet, which is not covered under existing legislation.

"The new offence will carry a penalty of two years imprisonment, double the punishment for an existing offence," the statement says.

By Australian Mate 20 August 03

Ed: Yet the Police PR spin and 'crack-downs,' fear-mongering, and Government propagandists, the electronic News Papers, and Corporate Medial Giants can, fear-monger and harass people until the cows come home with impunity?


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