Warnings by US civil rights groups that government plans to rate Internet content threaten the principle of free speech, have struck home with US producers of online news.
The Manhattan meeting of the Internet Content Coalition saw 25 producers issue a statement reiterating their opposition to White House plans to rate Internet material (see yesterday's story). They say that flagging material as objectionable may deter people from accessing their sites since news stories often report on violent or sexual material.
The Internet news producers? opposition to rating is mirrored across all media, with television news, for example, being exempt from rating, and newspapers enjoying the freedom of the First Amendment protecting freedom of speech.
The Internet Content Coalition includes Reuters, The 'Wall Street Journal', CNN, 'The New York Times', and other high profile news organisations. The statement said: ?We support open access to news on the Internet... and as news organisations we will not rate our content.?
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