French government begins shutting down websites with unpopular political views; Net Neutrality widens door to censorship in US

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

In a precursor to what “Net neutrality” rules or national security “concerns” could eventually lead to in the United States, “democratic” France has just blocked a handful of web sites it has deemed favorable to terrorists and their organizations.

As reported by Agence France Presse, the country’s leading newswire service, the French government in Paris blocked five web sites it accused of “condoning terrorism” in what is the first employment of new government powers that took effect in February, according to the Interior Ministry.

One site, called al-Hayat Media Center, has been accused by French authorities of having links to the Islamic State, the ministry announced. In addition, the site has also been cut off in recent days.

“I do not want to see sites that could lead people to take up arms on the Internet,” said Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, in announcing the blockages.

“I make a distinction between freedom of expression and the spread of messages that serve to glorify terrorism. These hate messages are a crime,” he added.

‘We decide what is and is not terrorism – and it’s not reviewable’

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