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    • 06.01.11 | 21:21 (IST)

    Yes there are various restrictions to the freedoms we enjoy. And there are usually good reasons for these restrictions, for example a work-place might limit the use of their computers so that they cannot be used for facebooking instead of the work that employees are being paid to perform. I am not denying that there are a bunch of good reasons why restrictions are some times necessary. But the problem here is that you said that you wanted to limit the freedom of information "because people might get worked up". This is not a (good) reason to restrict one of the basic freedoms of democracy. Your claim that it doesn't restrict the freedom of information is just wrong. The fact that the information is available through other means does not mean that it is not a restriction. Sure it's not a huge restriction but nevertheless it is a restriction. A country couldn't, for example, shut down internet for all but one computer, tell people to go use that computer and maintain that there is freedom of information.

    from the article: 'Dangerous' political websites blocked from viewing at Israel's airport
    First published 03:30 06.01.11 | Last updated 03:30 06.01.11
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