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Friday, April 15, 2016

Will Europe censor America's news?

The Euro union's new internet privacy measure may well be used to limit what news Americans can read.

In the United States, the Washington Post had the right to publish the leaked Pentagon Papers. In Britain, Publisher Katherine Graham and Editor Ben Bradlee, would have been prosecuted for violation of the secrecy law (modified in 1989).

 "You are reminded that to publish the contents of a document which is known to have been unlawfully disclosed by a crown servant is in itself a breach of section 5 of the Official Secrets Act 1989," newspapers were warned concerning the "Downing Street" scandal. But the alternative internet press in America had no problem covering that scandal, in which it was revealed that Tony Blair had had to dissuade George Bush from bombing the Al Jazeera press offices.

The European Parliament's action to require that non-European internet companies block unwanted web sites could well mean that we in America would be prohibited from seeing material from the Snowden data trove, or from reading Hillary Clinton's emails on Wikileaks, on grounds that her position involved European secrets that the Euro union governments would prefer to keep their voters from seeing.

Britain has on the books a law that compels servers to de-list sites that "glorify" terrorism. The Euro-union presumably could order Google to black out U.S. sites that promote the second amendment.

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