Venezuela considers Internet regulations

President Hugo Chavez’s government is proposing to impose broadcast-type regulations on the Internet with a law that would ban messages deemed to provoke panic or show disrespect for public authorities.

The proposed “Social Responsability Law” includes electronic media along with radio and television in regulating what can be transmitted. It was presented to the National Assembly by Vice President Elias Jaua on Thursday.

It would ban messages “that could incite or promote hatred,” that are aimed at creating “anxiety” in the population, that “disrespect public authorities,” that could incite assassination attempts or condone criminal activity, or that could “constitute war propaganda.”

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40 Comments

  1. Piper
    December 14, 2010

    When are we going to court Iran so that we can start stoning women to death for committing adultery?

    Show me the company you keep.

  2. Chavez Jr.
    December 13, 2010

    WELL SAID SOUTH MAN, U ARE A MAN OF KNOWLEDGE. SEEMS U USED TO WORK WITH WIKILEAKS MAN, U RIGHT ON THE BALL. I AGREE WITH U MY BROTHER.

  3. Sout Man
    December 12, 2010

    Folks, freedom comes with responsibility. It’s not only in Cuba, China and Venezuela! Which country on earth allows its citizens to incite violence, warfare and assassination? The founder of Wikileak, Julian Assange, is under fire from the United States and its allies for releasing embarassing documents on the internet. President George W. Bush used the Patriot Act to spy on and intercept American citizens’ phone calls and to jail people indefinitely.

    For many years, the CIA has plotted the assassination of Fidel Castro and now Chavez. What should they do? The US encouraged the bombing of Cuban hotels and the hijacking and sabotage of Cuban planes. Now, the US is reaping the fruits of their labour, they crying out foul and terrorism while they continue to protect Juan posada Carilles who planted the bomb on the Cuban plane that killed 76 young people off the coast of Barbados in 1976. God really isn’t a policeman. What goes around comes around.

    • Mr Sout City
      December 13, 2010

      EXACTY what these idiots don’t understand!!

  4. Yan
    December 12, 2010

    Every one should have the liberty to agree or disaree with something, that’s why we have opinions, but it is wrong when we try to take away someones opinion and the way they express it. Such a law would limit our culture; what would that calysonians singh about, the writers write and the radio personalities debate, we have a democratic society, this is a form of socialism, and borderline communist. we cannot allow that to happen. :?:

  5. Yan
    December 12, 2010

    Are you serious, that’s a freedom that would be taken away, what would the calypsonians singh about or the radio personalities have to debate about that would contradict the whole freedom of expression, pepole are going to be rediculed no matter what. When you are a public figure the target is just greater because all eyes are on you, so tht goes to say if you dont wnt to be spoken about remove your self from public office. I say hell no to this request, Domincans would be foolish to approve such a Law.

  6. FuturePolitician
    December 12, 2010

    Didn’t the Government of Dominica already try this in the form of the shut your mouth bill??? hmmm…

  7. Against lies, distortions, misrepresentations, and falsehood
    December 12, 2010

    Quoting from the above story: It would ban messages “that could incite or promote hatred,” that are aimed at creating “anxiety” in the population, that “disrespect public authorities,”

    Who would define these terms? Would asking questions about policy or holding private political meetings be disrespectful? How subjective would these be?

    Communism/dictatorships have failed and will continue to fail. It is just a matter of time…ask people living in Russia, Iraq, Eastern Europe, Cuba, Haiti, and some African countries after so many people have died senselessly and brutally for speaking out or asking questions…only the leaders, their press people, and close associates had it good – sometimes

    Another story on communism versus freedom at this link:

    http://www.studentnews.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/12/09/norway.nobel.prize/index.html

  8. For Free Speech
    December 12, 2010

    Simon Bolivar fought for EQUALITY, LIBERTY, FREE SPEECH, DEMOCRATIC RULE, INTEGRITY. He fought all his life against Colonial rule. Chavez makes mention of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, but acts opposite to what Simon Bolivar fought against by trying to suppress FREE SPEECH. What are those leaders afraid of? People have a RIGHT to communicate once they are not libelous.

    Dominicans are witnessing a move towards the stifling of expressions, VICTIMIZATION, PRESSURE against patriots who dare question or speak against politicians, their friends and their Govt. who do wrong. Dominicans BEWARE. We are seeing right in our eyes, in broad daylight, how the ‘Elite Class’, those with ‘Power’, ‘Money’ and ‘Influence’ are being PROTECTED by all means possible, when they commit criminal acts. Those FEW ‘in POWER,’ ‘WITH POWER’ will concoct and put their vicious plans in place, manipulate institutions, buy people to control the lives of the majority. Dominicans ACT NOW to prevent that NEW COLONIAL STRATEGY or BE DOOMED.

  9. Against lies, distortions, misrepresentations, and falsehood
    December 12, 2010

    Quoting from the above story: It would ban messages “that could incite or promote hatred,” that are aimed at creating “anxiety” in the population, that “disrespect public authorities,”

    Who would define these terms? Would asking questions about policy or holding private political meetings be disrespectful? How subjective would these be?

    Communism/dictatorships have failed and will continue to fail. It is just a matter of time…ask people living in Russia, Iraq, Eastern Europe, Cuba, Haiti, and some African countries after so many people have died senselessly and brutally for speaking out or asking questions…only the leaders, their press people, and close associates had it good – sometimes

    Another story on communism versus freedom at this link:

    http://www.studentnews.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/12/09/norway.nobel.prize/index.html

  10. bratt
    December 12, 2010

    there goes freedom of speech

  11. u all love Daddy Chavez good luck
    December 12, 2010

    Mr. Primeminister please please try to avoid this man before its to late he will make u walk on your knees

    • Sout Man
      December 12, 2010

      Venezuela is the 5th largest supplier of crude oil to the United States. The USA borrows billions of dollars from China. What has the USA and European Union done for us lately, besides giving us small loans and grants to buy their rice, corn, flour, sugar and electronic products. They deliberately retarded our development. They want us to forever remain importers and consumers of their goods and services. They do not care about our infrastructural and industrial development.

  12. u all love Daddy Chavez good luck
    December 12, 2010

    Long i won u all about Chavez little by little u all is getinging to know who he is the tears will soon be there.

  13. West Coast
    December 11, 2010

    Coming events cast their shadows before them.
    Show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are! We sure would not like for this to happen in Dominica, would we?

  14. Mr Sout City
    December 11, 2010

    Say what the hell you all want, Chevez in a good leader.

    • freedom
      December 12, 2010

      what makes Chavez a good leader? i hope it is not the money he gives to Skeritt.Anyone who tries to ditate and control people with force no matter what amount of material things he gives is no leader.There are some information i would like to share if u wish me to.

      • Mr Sout City
        December 13, 2010

        I don’t like nor I trust the man they call Skeritt!! Governments all over the world is doing the some thing!!! So AGAIN what the hell makes Chevez any different.

    • Jeremiah Dubique
      December 12, 2010

      Shut the hell up! If he was so a good leader, his people wont be suffering and crying and even trying to get him out of office….Dominica like to get themselves in to much s…. Yhe 1st time the man came to dominica he said to hate america! Skerrit is making an effort in dominica but he is doing it wrong way…You all need to read the worldwide news and stop listening to nonsense and open you all eyes and see what the result would be in the run long!!

      • Mr Sout City
        December 13, 2010

        You need to shut the hell up you dumdass!!! I am sure I read more news than you. I hope you know that the world wide news is one sided. I think Chevez in a good leader because he is trying to keep Venezuela for the Venezuelans and not for the greedy Americans that want to own all the natural resources in the world. Isn’t there people suffering all over the world? So what the hell makes Venezuela so different? Is it because is stands up to the US? You people needs to take your heads out you asses and stop listening to propaganda.

  15. Domnichey
    December 11, 2010

    I would have to cry nah on this one. It is not the governments place to censor anyone. In particular the internet, if they allow that to be passed them they will enslave themselves. To liken it to Dominica is he Narrow minded thinking I have come to expect from “typical” partisan Dominicans.

  16. IS SO WE COME?
    December 11, 2010

    Not surprised , and those who are posting comments here may well enjoy it now, cause the way we going ,,, china. cuba… now venezuela… soooo , who next?………Umm Dominica

    NEXT LEVEL IN OUR TAIL!

    Can anyone say COMMUNISM?

    • comon Daddy Chavez u got your wright in D/ca
      December 12, 2010

      yes communism

      • freedom
        December 12, 2010

        u should not enslave yourself to no shitstem[system]be it communism,capitalism or otherwise;remain liberated.

  17. En Ba La
    December 11, 2010

    Dominica soon to follow.

    • comon Daddy Chavez u got your wright in D/ca
      December 12, 2010

      you are wright D/ca next

  18. PAIN
    December 11, 2010

    So sad to hear and see how people are oppress by their dictorial government.

    For the past years and presently now, the so called Dominica Labour Party, run by R skerrit
    is following the footsteps of these dictactors from Venezuela, China and cuba…
    It means that our govt. is supporting these moves since they are affiliated with Venezuela that much

    We do not want these system in our country at all, so Dominicans must vote those bastards out
    before its too late. Birds of a feather flock together
    PAIN

  19. Mystikal
    December 11, 2010

    Dominican’s….Can you all see in what direction DA is heading? “Show me ur frenz, I tell u who you are”. I guess we all know this quote. Lets hope I am wrong cause aylas aylas…poor Democracy.

    • En Ba La
      December 11, 2010

      hmm

    • u all love Daddy Chavez good luck
      December 12, 2010

      We Dominican’s going in the wrong directions & tell the world i say so

  20. only
    December 11, 2010

    Here it comes…….govt. internet censorship that would deem anything they want illegal. The police state has arrive. The dictatorship has been there for a while. Can’t let these people have any freedom of speech you know. They aren’t entitled to opinions under a communist govt.
    Don’t you just love the titles that they put on these laws…….The Social Responsibility Law, like it is something so good and wonderful that you should give up your unalienable rights just to please the facist govt.
    This is going on worldwide and being propagated via the Assange case. Afterall, we definitely can’t have freedom of information and speech on the internet. That is a no, no.

  21. LMAO
    December 11, 2010

    Dominica next, jJust watch and see. Chavez is a dictator who has been surpressing free speech in Venezuela ever since he came into power. That’s what Dictators do, and Skerrit is going down that same path. It’s only a matter of time before he tries the same thing.

  22. Lady
    December 11, 2010

    Hmmmm, First was Cuba, then was Venezuela, wondering who’s going to be next, considering all the shenanigans going on around here!

    • u all love Daddy Chavez good luck
      December 12, 2010

      Cuba was even better,there Dominican’s get their treatments but now we are in the Devil’s behind

  23. :/
    December 11, 2010

    wayy mama.. what ever happened to “FREEDOM ON SPEECH”?

  24. looking in from the outside
    December 11, 2010

    Ha, Chavez taking infront,,,soon his followers will follow.
    We are living in a little Venezuela, therefore we will be on board soon and very soon.

    • u all love Daddy Chavez good luck
      December 12, 2010

      u say that again,he will soon put his own workers in D/ca

  25. Poule Coutouni
    December 11, 2010

    Surprise, surprise. Who next to try dat? BUT NOT HERE! NO WAY!

  26. DAGIF
    December 11, 2010

    The true intention of the leftist Dictator Chavez is actually to ban all comments made against him and his scandalous politic.
    People are not stupid enough to beleive the reasons given there !

    After having closed 33 private radio / TV stations that did not support his dictatorship,
    after having jailed political opposants,
    after having modified the Constitution for him to remain in power for the rest of his life,
    after having nationalised most industries and stores,
    after having established military agreements with Russia
    what else that remains to Chavez for him to become like his Iranian goog friend ! or ( as far as democracy is concerned ) like China or Cuba !

    Venezuela will end up to be like North Korea one day, man !

    What means freedom, democracy … for people like them ?

    We all agree that certain topics on internet should be banned, like : pedophily, terrorism, drug, racism, … , but not the possibilty for citizens to express their free opinions on the country issues, even if they don’t please the ruling government .

    Hope that this kind of decision will never be taken in DA !

    Dagif

    • Domnichey
      December 11, 2010

      I agree with your statement to an extend. I however totally dis agree with you when you say,”We all agree that certain topics on internet should be banned, like : pedophily, terrorism, drug, racism, … , but not the possibilty for citizens to express their free opinions on the country issues, even if they don’t please the ruling government” We do not all agree to that. As much as I disagree to the posting of those things on the internet, banning it is censorship. The better instrument is to make people accountable for participation in those things wto where it violates someone else freedom. That is where the law of the land comes it.

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