pirate wrote:The online community have reason to be cynical. The minister may have given various verbal reassurances that they will not issue take down orders merely because an article may contain opinions critical of the govt or govt policies etc. But why not put all those nice sounding provisoes into the licensing conditions? Why rely on overbroad regulations?
That's because when push comes to shove, they will activate the gag orders, and it will be based on their definition of what should or should not be "news". I think the most ominous part of this whole affair is the promise of more to come. This is just them testing the temperature of the water by dipping their toes.