I have no argument

  Forum Editor 18:32 19 May 2006

with a government which seeks to use its legislative power to starve an illegal market of oxygen, so the use of Cleanfeed to block traffic to child porn sites has my vote, but............

I would be far from sure about an attempt to block access to sites which "glorify terrorism". It's the use of that word 'glorify' which bothers me, because such controls require that someone arbitrarily defines it. Possible Synonyms are:-

Exalt

Extol

Laud

Proclaim


and I would be concerned to think that someone would ban me from seeing a site which lauded terrorism. I think that in a free society I should have the right to examine such material, so I can make up my own mind. I don't want to live in a world where the country which styles itself the birthplace of democracy starts shielding me from the arguments put forward by terrorists.

On the other hand, I'm quite happy to be prevented from seeing images depicting the sexual abuse of children.

There's a difference, and I hope our government continues to recognise it.

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