Thursday, February 04, 2010

Australian state restricts political blogging during elections

Could it happen here?

The South Australian Government passed a Bill late last year which makes it illegal during election time to post political views on a blog or comment without also including a name and address.

The move is seen as a way of preventing people from not taking responsibility for posts which could sway public opinions on the election.

Those that transgress face a fine of A$1250 for citizens whilst if the media fall out of line that figure rises to A$5000

A potent for the future?

1 comment:

Ed Walker said...

I really, really, hope not. Seems a bit severe. Do the same kind of punishments exist if you write something, print it off and then photocopy it?