Venezuelan parliament votes to tighten internet rules

By | December 22, 2010

President Chavez speaking during his weekly TV broadcast on 19 December 2010The parliament in Venezuela has approved a law which will tighten the rules regulating internet content.

Under the bill, online messages inciting hatred, or political and religious intolerance, are banned.

The new law also prohibits contents which is deemed to disrespect public officials.

Opposition politicians voted against the measure, which they say is a threat to freedom of speech.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says it will help protect citizens against online crimes.

Under the new rules, providers of online contents and internet portals could be fined if images or messages appearing on their sites “disrespect public authorities, incite or promote hatred or create anxiety in the citizenry or alter public order”. …

“We aren’t eliminating the internet here, or censoring it,” he said during his weekly television and radio broadcast on Sunday.

“What we’re doing is protecting ourselves against crimes, against cybercrimes,” he added. …

via BBC News – Venezuelan parliament votes to tighten internet rules.

Politicians everywhere would love to “protect us” from the anxiety causing truth that some public authorities are worthy of disrespect, especially public authorities who are lie, cheat, steal and kill.

3 thoughts on “Venezuelan parliament votes to tighten internet rules

  1. Ann

    One should be careful about information from Western sources concerning Venezuela. One should not take what they say at face value.

    It’s like this:

    What if the U.S.A. almost had a military coup and Obama was temporarily taken out of control of the country? What if, after order was restored and everything got back to what it was, it was revealed that another country was involved in planning the coup? What would be the U.S. response to that other country afterwords?

    Well, a military coup almost occurred in Venezuela just a few years ago. And, the U.S. played a leading but underhanded role via CIA. This is no secret. Furthermore, still today the U.S. has publicly stated that Venezuela is threat to its interests in South America.

    Still today the U.S. is doing what it can to change the government of Venezuela, to make Venezuela what it was before Chavez was popularly elected president. This means like in many other place attempting to induce change by propaganda via the media and internet. This doesn’t mean that there is not a small and mostly wealthy faction in Venezuela who support U.S. interests in their country. They openly criticize Chavez and it would not take much imagination to appreciate the fact that Chavez may consider them a threat. Yet, they’re there, has been there and will continue to be there, because Venezuela is a democracy.

    During the Cold War, the U.S. was, at one time, very worried about Communist propaganda. For a while the U.S. responded with McCarthyism attempting to pinpoint Communists everywhere. And, many people were blacklisted from their jobs. This continued into the 1970s when it wasn’t strange to hear that “hippies” were influenced by “commies” by outspoken right-wing conservatives.

    Well, it just may be that Venezuela feels a threat when articles come out that mislead, or do not recognize the efforts of Chavez and his social programs in Venezuela. On the contrary, they hardly mention anything worthwhile about his efforts at all.

    Just as Guardian, BBC is trying to do what it can to make Venezuela look bad and/or undemocratic to its readers.

    And, the information about the internet in Venezuela is rather old, in fact.

    The truth of the matter may be quite to the contrary.

    Eva Golinger writing for Venezuela Analysis begins her article, “Internet Revolution in Venezuela” (March 26th 2010) this way:

    “Despite critics’ exaggerated outcries and accusations in the international media alleging Internet censorship, President Chavez announced a new government- sponsored program to promote Internet usage and cyber communication throughout Venezuela….”

    1. Xeno Post author

      It is so primitive of us that we have not, after thousands of years of trial and error, figured out a system of government that works for everyone and that respects human rights. We could do so much if we were organized and had common goals. If we don’t work on getting to another planet, our entire species may be wiped out by one big meteor. That’s a little more scary than a one world government. Cooperate or die, those are our options.

      1. Ann

        Very nice, Xeno!

        But, you see, we have worked out a system of “government” that “works for everyone,” and was egalitarian, although “human rights” is a relatively recent label in evolutionary terms.

        People have always had some sort of “government” since the dawn of Homo sapiens. Generally, you’ll not see wealthy and powerful groups trying to dominate other people among hunters & gatherers, who existed for a couple of million years, at least, and who were, if only out of necessity, relatively democratic and quite ecologically oriented, although they may have held that older people are wiser than younger people and thus should have more of a say in what the community as a whole should do.

        During the neolithic revolution, when farming was introduced, grains etc. could be stored, and people moved into larger settlements (i.e. towns & cities) it was the opportunity for some people to advantage of and dominate others through whatever coercive methods, whether claiming religious authority or displaying military might. The dominance of wealth and power go hand in hand.

        In a sense, “democracy” had to be artificially re-introduced over the few thousands of years since. But, it is fundamental to our essence as humans existing in groups.

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