Here’s something that everybody interested in freedom of speech should be certain to read and follow up on… a blog entry describing a proposed Italian law that would severely curtail the ability of Italian citizens to create and publish blogs.

This gem is carefully crafted to eliminate most open expression on the internet by people in Italy:

the Levi-Prodi law obliges anyone who has a website or a blog to get a publishing company and to have a journalist who is on the register of professionals as the responsible director.

Obviously, this would make 99.9% of blogs and websites in Italy illegal overnight.

People need to make some noise about this and Italians need to make more noise than anyone because it’s their rights headed down the toilet.  In the mean time it wouldn’t hurt for more websites and blogs to display this:

Join the Blue Ribbon Online Free Speech Campaign
Join the Blue Ribbon Online Free Speech Campaign!

If you would like to add this to your site or blog, just paste this code into your index.html or your blog’s template:

<a href="http://www.eff.org/br/"><img src="http://www.eff.org/br/br.gif" alt="Join the Blue Ribbon Online Free Speech Campaign" align="middle" height="76" width="112"/><br />Join the Blue Ribbon Online Free Speech Campaign!</a>

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