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Free Speech Versus Election Laws

Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:22 pm

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Brazil judge orders arrest of Google exec over elections law

(Reuters) - A regional elections court in Brazil has ordered the arrest of the head of Google's operations in the country after the company failed to take down YouTube videos attacking a local mayoral candidate.

The ruling, which Google is appealing, marks the second time in two weeks that Brazilian judges have ordered the apprehension of executives at the search engine giant for not cooperating with local election laws.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/...L1E8KPFAR20120925?type=marketsNews


Another example why these campaigning restriction laws must go. They are totally incompatible with freedom of speech.
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RE: Free Speech Versus Election Laws

Wed Sep 26, 2012 1:00 am

I agree with you that such laws must change. Here we have the same kind of laws for TV ads (political ads are very restricted and can only be positive) but when internet started to play a role they were not extended to cover it.

Now, it's no excuse for Google to not apply the laws, especially when they're just asked to take down a video.
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RE: Free Speech Versus Election Laws

Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:20 pm

Quoting Aesma (Reply 1):
Now, it's no excuse for Google to not apply the laws, especially when they're just asked to take down a video.

I'd call it civil disobedience.
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