Thursday, July 06, 2006

Soon to be imported from China

From the (UK) Independent:

News reporting about disasters and public disorder in China could become a crime under a proposed bill which would ban the spread of information about catastrophes without official permission.

Government officials say the legislation is aimed at stopping "irresponsible journalism", but there are fears it could be used to stop any reporting that does not meet official approval.

The proposed Law on Response to Contingencies threatens fines of up to £7,000 for misleading reports and requires journalists to get government approval before divulging news of natural disasters, outbreaks of disease, riots and other unspecified "sudden events" or "contingencies".

Cheney will love it. The WSJ will applaud. Malkin et al. will cheer.

Only a matter of time.


Blogger vermontraccoon said...

That hurricane HATES OUR FREEDOM! A stupid joke, I know, but I can't help repeating it. Like the one about the guy with 5 penises; his pants fit like a glove! We really are over the rainbow when we're told to pay no attention to earthquakes, floods, wildfires, etc due to "National Security" concerns. We don't want to tip off the terr'rrrists that the wind blows during hurricanes or the earth moves during earthquakes.....
I would be dismissive of this story if it weren't for the fact that Bush seems to be lifting whole chapters from the Big Book of Chinese Torture. We used to stand on the moral high ground to make our points; now we stand on the necks of innocent people. Sorry I've been neglecting to post, BM; the farm takes every minute these days.....

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