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
and
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.

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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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