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Bill: Cleansing The Media Act

Details

Submitted by[?]: Totalitarian Party

Status[?]: defeated

Votes: This is an ordinary bill. It requires more yes votes than no votes. This bill will not pass any sooner than the deadline.

Voting deadline: November 2157

Description[?]:

Recently, a number of critical articles have been printed regarding Gaduridos' handling of Kalistan's threats. They refer to our nation as fascist, a allegation that is absolutely untrue. The Totalitarian Party feels we must ensure none of their lies reach our nation's citizens. A small number may believe these lies, causing them to create movements calling for "Peace" and "Tolerance". We cannot allow these people to cause dissent and unrest. We cannot allow a few misguided citizens to disrupt our nation. We must ensure our nation's citizens hear only the truth.

Article one: Internet censorship will involve blocking any international media websites which have previously spread falsehoods regarding our nation. Each ISP must employ a filter utilising a current version of a blacklist compiled by the government. A government department will continually search the internet for lies concerning our nation, ensuring the blacklist is able to block all threats. Sites hosted in Gaduridos will be exempt from censorship, but any falsehoods spread may be investigated. Sites owned by citizens but hosted overseas will still be subject to censorship. It can be difficult to verify the true identity of a site's owner, especially on free hosts, and the Gaduri owner would be able to allow foreigners to post articles to his website, allowing them to circumvent the controls in place.

Article two: Foreign media will be examined for any falsehoods.

Proposals

Debate

These messages have been posted to debate on this bill:

Date09:48:28, December 16, 2005 CET
FromTraxian Imperial Party
ToDebating the Cleansing The Media Act
MessageWe unfortuneatly agree.

Date14:21:05, December 16, 2005 CET
FromProgressive Imperial Party
ToDebating the Cleansing The Media Act
MessageWell, what must be done must be done.

Date15:29:56, December 16, 2005 CET
FromPost-Revolutionary Pragmatic Party
ToDebating the Cleansing The Media Act
MessageWe disagree strongly. If we pass this bill, those referring to us as fascists would be correct. Dissent and unrest are not only natural aspects of a democracy, they are vital parts - if we cannot trust out own citizens, we have failed as a government and we would be descending into despotism.

Date15:32:51, December 16, 2005 CET
FromNationalist Party of Gaduridos
ToDebating the Cleansing The Media Act
Message
Some regulation is NOT fascist. If this passed it would be done democratically via the voice of the people's constituents.
By God, is there any national pride in you... you who are so quick to even label your own people as proven fascists simply because two acts are passed that promote some regulation?!

Date16:38:36, December 16, 2005 CET
FromPost-Revolutionary Pragmatic Party
ToDebating the Cleansing The Media Act
MessageThis would be a step above 'some regulation'. Freedom of press and speech are central tenets of our democracy, of which we can be rightly proud, and to make the first steps to curtail them would be to lead our nation down a very dark path indeed. Our party would like to point out that in history, numerous dictatorships have been installed in an initially democratic way, which have then dismantled the very institutions that brought them to power. We, those chosen by our citizens to safeguard their freedom, should not give in to impulses to control those who we represent.

Date16:44:52, December 16, 2005 CET
FromNationalist Party of Gaduridos
ToDebating the Cleansing The Media Act
MessageIf they wish differently, then at this stage they can VOTE differently!

Date16:51:33, December 16, 2005 CET
FromPost-Revolutionary Pragmatic Party
ToDebating the Cleansing The Media Act
MessageThis party considers ‘democracy' to mean more than 'majority rule'.

Date16:55:32, December 16, 2005 CET
FromNationalist Party of Gaduridos
ToDebating the Cleansing The Media Act
MessageYour party obvious;y considers 'Fascism', to be one step toward regulation that you personally do not approve.

Date17:06:55, December 16, 2005 CET
FromPost-Revolutionary Pragmatic Party
ToDebating the Cleansing The Media Act
MessageWe consider any intrusions upon the freedom of speech and press to be a bad step in that direction, yes. To make an informed choice when the time for voting has come, our citizens deserve to be fully informed. If we cannot trust our citizens to make a fair judgement, we do not deserve their trust.

If the government is that concerned with our citizens getting a false image of their actions, this party can only recommend that the government launch a campaign to give our citizens the correct facts. We are not opposed to prosecuting those who disturb public order or work against our state; however, we are opposed to letting this small minority force our hand against all our citizens.

Date21:26:48, December 16, 2005 CET
FromTotalitarian Party
ToDebating the Cleansing The Media Act
MessageThis bill does not attempt to restrict the citizens' right to free speech. It is restricting filthy foreigners and their filthy lies. I will add to the bill description to ensure this is clear.

Date00:46:55, December 17, 2005 CET
FromPost-Revolutionary Pragmatic Party
ToDebating the Cleansing The Media Act
MessageRegardless, it is still aimed at our citizens and is a definite step in the wrong direction...

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Voting

Vote Seats
yes
 

Total Seats: 40

no
     

Total Seats: 361

abstain
  

Total Seats: 40


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