Now the U.N. gets into the censorship act

At the Internet Governance Forum in Egypt security guards — on the orders of the sponsor of the conference, the Unitd Nations — first knocked over and then removed a poster advertising a new book on how governments control Internet access.

The book was written by the OpenNet Initiative. The dispute came because a blurb from the book’s cover was on the poster. And the offensive language?

“The first generation of Internet controls consisted largely of building firewalls at key Internet gateways; China’s famous “Great Firewall of China” is one of the first national Internet filtering systems.”

IGF 2009 event rattled by UN Security Office – Computerworld
UN slated for stifling net debate – BBC

Now to be fair, the UN special rapporteur for human rights told the book authors they should write a letter of complaint to the Human Rights commission.

This ought to be fun to follow. Different UN agencies fighting with each other over freedom of expression.



Filed under Censorship, China, Freedom of Information, International News Coverage

2 responses to “Now the U.N. gets into the censorship act

  1. Pingback: Journalism and the World » Blog Archive » Now the U.N. gets into the censorship act

  2. Pingback: ONI updates and clarifies a few points from the IGF fracas « Journalism, Journalists and the World

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