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Anti-Internet censorship website placed on police filter list over links to child porn sites


Anti-Internet censorship website placed on police filter list over links to child porn sites
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A website dedicated to opposing Internet censorship has ended up on a list of banned child pornography sites maintained by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). The pages, maintained by Matti Nikki, contained hundreds of links to sites that are on the NBI list.
      Advocates of on-line freedom have responded to what they see as censorship of a critical voice.
      "One faceless civil servant decides what web pages may be shown to Finns, and the decision cannot be appealed. Now he has apparently decided that filtering cannot be criticised", says Tero Tilus of Electronic Frontier Finland (EFFI), a civic group defending citizens' electronic rights.
     
The NBI does not comment on which sites it has on its filter list, or on the reasons for inclusion of the pages. According to Lars Henriksson of the NBI, the list includes sites with content that meets the definition of child pornography, and those with links that lead to such pages. Child pornography is defined as pornography depicting children under the age of 18.
      "This is not censorship", Henriksson emphasised.
      The NBI began keeping its list late last year. Now it contains about 1,700 sites. The list is submitted to Internet operators, allowing them to block their customers' access to the pages in question. Operators are not legally required to comply with the request.
     
In an e-mail interview, Nikki said that he had placed the links on his page to show that the NBI has sites on its list that do not deserve to be there.
      "I have never heard anyone who has examined the list say that more than just a few of the pages there would contain child pornography", he wrote.
      MP Jyrki Kasvi (Green) also pointed out on his website that the list published by Nikki includes sites that did not contain child pornography, in addition to sites with clearly unlawful content.
     
The NBI's Henriksson warns that publishing a list of links can have legal consequences.
      "A portal can fulfil the criteria of aiding and abetting the dissemination of child pornography."


Links:
  EFFI press release Feb. 12th, 2008: Finnish police censors a critic of censorship

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 Anti-Internet censorship website placed on police filter list over links to child porn sites

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