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------- Forwarded message follows ------- From: Chris Chiu <CCHIU@aclu.org> To: email@example.com Date sent: Thu, 11 Jul 2002 10:15:44 -0400 Subject: [GILC-plan] more on Vatican site content ban
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Italian police have wiped the content from five internet sites which they say insulted both God and Virgin Mary with blasphemous language and pornographic images.
The sites, created in Rome and hosted by internet service providers in the United States, were brought to the attention of the authorities by a Vatican-controlled newspaper over a year ago.
In an operation police hailed as "brilliant", they removed the content from the site and replaced it with the symbol of the special unit involved.
Blasphemy is illegal in Catholic Italy. While bad language has been decriminalised, it still remains an offence to broadcast sacrilegious content.
Police said their censoring of the sites was done so that the "precious freedom of expression" was not used to offend "the dignity of people".
According to the police, both God and Mary were described in unholy terms, and images of sex scenes appeared next to their names.
A man from Rome may be charged, although it remains unclear what the charges would be. ...
Sincerely, Christopher Chiu Global Internet Liberty Campaign Organizer American Civil Liberties Union 125 Broad Street New York NY 10004 USA Phone: (212) 549-2535 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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