The German government presses ahead with internet censorship. The pretext originally was to stop child pornography; now the controls are in place, the mask is dropped and large-scale censorship is envisaged. This report from SlashDot.org:
“It’s only been a few weeks since the law dubbed Zugangserschwerungsgesetz (access impediment law) was passed in the German Parliament despite over 140,000 signatures of people opposed to it. The law will go into effect in mid-October 2009. Now Minister for Family Affairs Ursula von der Leyen implied in an interview that she is planning on extending the reach of the law, claiming ‘…or else the great Internet is in danger of turning into a lawless range of chaos, where you’re allowed to bully, insult, and deceive limitlessly.’ More on golem.de via Google translate (here is the German original).”
The best person to decide on what people must say is the German government? Dr Goebbels is proud of you, Frau von der Leyen. Petty officials up and down Germany must be salivating at the chance to fine and imprison other Germans for being rude, or saying things which the state considers “untrue”.