Now wait a second — before you jump all over me for the title of this post, let me explain what I mean.
The significance of the news story below is that the French government has decided there are three broad categories of internet crime that are of roughly equal importance:
Yes, you read that right. “Racists” are now in the same league as child pornographers and terrorists, at least in France. The law intends to crack down on the abuse of the internet by all three groups.
Here’s the article from The Sydney Morning Herald:
France to block porn, terror, hate websites
The French state and internet service providers have struck a deal to block sites carrying child pornography or content linked to terrorism or racial hatred, Interior Minister Michel Alliot-Marie announced on Tuesday.
The plan, part of a larger effort to fight cybercriminality, is to go into effect in September when a “black list” will be built up based on input from internet users who signal sites dealing with the offensive material, the minister said.
The announcement comes on the heels of a similar deal in the United States, also announced Tuesday. There, three service providers — Verizon, Sprint and TimeWarner Cable — have agreed with New York state officials to block child pornography sites nationwide.
Alliot-Marie said all service providers in France have agreed to block offending sites but did not name them.
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“We can no longer tolerate the sexual exploitation of children in the form of cyber-pedopornography,” Alliot-Marie said. “We have come to an agreement: the access to child pornography sites will be blocked in France. Other democracies have done it. France could wait no longer.”
Among other countries that have already implemented similar measures include Britain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Canada and New Zealand.
Under the French plan, internet users, via a platform, will be able to signal inappropriate sites and the state, receiving the complaints in real time, will then decide whether the sites are to go on a so-called black list to be passed on to internet service providers to enforce site blocks.
Sites containing what appear to be blatant crimes will be referred to judicial authorities, the minister said.
As for offending sites hosted in other countries, France will pass on the information via Interpol or Europol, the two police agencies, or seize judicial authorities there [What does this mean? Kidnap judges in other countries? — BB], Alliot-Marie said.
She insisted that the plan would not “create a Big Brother of the internet” and pledged her support for the “fundamental liberty that is internet access.”
This last little fillip — the “pledge” that the new rules will not infringe on “fundamental liberty” — is a sure sign that the authorities have every intention of using the plan to exert political control and clamp down on any speech that interferes with the entrenched European power structure.
As we have seen recently in Finland, Sweden, and Britain, as well as France, “racism” is a conveniently elastic term. It can be stretched to apply to any independent-minded behavior by the citizens of Europe that is considered unacceptable by the elites who run the show. Specifically, anyone who disapproves of or even questions the mass immigration of millions of Muslims into European cities is by definition a racist.
Virtually anything posted here at Gates of Vienna — or at the Brussels Journal, or Mission Europa, or Snaphanen, or Europe News, or Politically Incorrect, or Tundra Tabloids, or Beer n Sandwiches — is “racist”, and therefore actionable under the French scheme.
Child pornographer, opponent of Islamization — same thing.
Hat tip: Paul Green.