The 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. …
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.