Wikipedia blocks access to protest Italian media law

October 5, 2011
Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, speaks in Jerusalem in 2009. Online encylopedia Wikipedia has blocked access to its Italian version to protest a draft law to make websites amend content on even a single complaint of prejudice without independent verification.

Online encylopedia Wikipedia has blocked access to its Italian version to protest a draft law to make websites amend content on even a single complaint of prejudice without independent verification.

"The obligation ...without the possibility of any verification whatsoever constitutes for an unacceptable limitation on its freedom," a statement on its Italian site said on Wednesday.

Scandal-tainted Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government has approved the law requiring websites to amend content within 48 hours and without any commentary or explanation in case of complaints of or .

"Sadly, there is no third party to judge whether a content is damaging and it is solely based on opinion," Wikipedia said.

The aim of this law was to prevent details of phone taps ordered by legal authorities from appearing in the press. Offending journalists risk one month in jail or a 10,000-euro ($13,350) fine while publishers face paying up to 300,000 euros.

Those passing on court secrets to can be imprisoned up to six years, under the legislation, which also limits the use of wiretaps to cases where the minimum sentence is five years in jail.

Berlusconi is embroiled in several court cases, accused notably of having bought sex from Moroccan nightclub dancer Karima El Mahroug, nicknamed "Ruby the Heart Stealer", when she was 17 -- a crime punishable by three years in jail.

He also faces separate trials for fraud and .

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PinkElephant
not rated yet Oct 05, 2011
Try as Berlusconi may, he still has a long way to go before he equals Mussolini. Not that he isn't making a truly valiant effort of it.
Jeddy_Mctedder
1 / 5 (1) Oct 05, 2011
italy is a mafia state and would have no internet if the entrepreneurial states like the u.s , germany, and northern europeans did not give it to them.

rsklyar
not rated yet Oct 06, 2011
Plagiarism in a "family" style
How young ambitious capoes and soldiers from Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) under supervision of a decrepit american don-godfather from Northwestern University are successfully completed their sequential plagiaristic enterprise: http://issuu.com/...saivaldi
astro_optics
not rated yet Oct 06, 2011
Italy should not be in EU!

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