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(en) Australia, MEDIA - WTO protest promoting websites call to be shutdown

From "anarcho sando" <anarcho_sando@hotmail.com>
Date Wed, 25 Sep 2002 05:16:32 -0400 (EDT)

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NSW POLICE Minister Michael Costa has asked the Federal Government to shut
down websites with instructions to disrupt a World Trade Organisation
(WTO) meeting in Sydney.

Mr Costa said today he was deeply concerned about the websites which
provided information to violently disrupt the WTO Trade Ministers meeting
in November.

"I support the community's right to peaceful, lawful protest but it's
clear to me comments and information on these sites are designed to incite
violence against NSW Police, who will be providing security at the
meeting," he said.

"These people have gone too far." He said the websites told people to arm
themselves with baseball bats, slingshots, firecrackers, gasmasks and

"They intend to harm police and police horses and put community safety at
risk," he said.

"That's why I have written to the Federal Government today asking them to
shut down these websites or restrict access to them," he said.

He said he would also take the matter to the next meeting of the
Australasian Police Minister's Council.

A spokesman for Communications Minister Richard Alston tonight said he
would send the letter to the Australian Broadcasting Authority.

"We would be urgently sending the letter to the Australian Broadcasting
Authority who would take the appropriate action under the online content
legislation," he said.

"Whilst it's not possible to say definitively the website is prohibited
under the legislation without a full investigation of it, Senator Alston
shares Mr Costa's concerns about a website which may incite violence
against police officers."

A spokesman for Mr Costa said there were at least three websites involved.


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