Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Internet Censorship--Germany

At an internet cafe this morning in Berlin, I encountered, for the first time, censorship controls on the internet. Oddly, the website censored was the very excellent Political Theory Daily Review. My access was blocked, so a pop-up page informed me, because of the word "female genital mutilation." Turning next to the Guardian, I doscovered that too was blocked. The reason? "Spanking." A word, I assume, that cropped up in an article on recent efforts to curb the physical beating of children, a child-rearing technique apparently still popular in Britain.

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