The Australian Government is officially fascist. They have officially stepped way, WAY over the line. There is no way they can justify blacklisting the Wikileaks site on the basis of “protecting the children from pornographers”. This is straight-up abuse of power, as Asher Moses points out in his article on the SMH:

Last week, Reporters Without Borders, in its regular report on enemies of internet freedom, placed Australia on its “watch list” of countries imposing anti-democratic internet restrictions that could open the way for abuses of power and control of information.

I wonder if ACMA considers it illegal to post TinyURLs to banned sites?

I wonder if its illegal to stick up posters on walls with the urls of banned sites?

I wonder if its illegal to stand in the street and speak the name of a banned url out loud?

I wonder if it’s illegal to even think the url of a banned site?

Read more below:

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The Australian communications regulator says it will fine people
who hyperlink to sites on its blacklist, which has been further
expanded to include several pages on the anonymous whistleblower
site Wikileaks.

Wikileaks was added to the blacklist for publishing a leaked
document containing Denmark’s list of banned websites.

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