Arizona Legislature Wants to Censor the Internet – Again

| April 3, 2012

Seems like the attempts at writing bad bills won’t be over any time soon. HB2549 is on Governor Brewer’s desk.

via msnbc

The state of Arizona could find itself in the company of countries like China and Syria for censoring the Internet if the state’s governor signs a bill recently passed by the legislature.

The Media Coalition responds by explaining that the law is adapting and misapplying an old law applying to a different technology. And there is that little bit about not needing an actual victim. Which means someone else has to determine the sender’s intent.

… takes a law meant to address irritating phone calls and applies it to communication on web sites, blogs, listserves and other Internet communication. H.B. 2549 is not limited to a one to one conversation between two specific people. The communication does not need to be repetitive or even unwanted. There is no requirement that the recipient or subject of the speech actually feel offended, annoyed or scared. Nor does the legislation make clear that the communication must be intended to offend or annoy the reader, the subject or even any specific person.

Read the rest at msnbc

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