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Google Sets Censorship Precedent In India 245

eldavojohn writes "Censorship varies from country to country but India, home to a sixth of the world's population, appears to be shaping up much like China. Not far behind everyone else, Google has increasingly censored websites with an incident where a very popular politician died and Google forcibly deleted and dissolved a group on Orkut where offensive comments about the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh were posted. An official from India's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology said, 'If you are doing business here, you should follow the local law, the sentiments of the people, the culture of the country. If somebody starts abusing Lord Rama on a Web site, that could start riots.' The lengthy opinion piece calls attention to the beginnings of a definitive lack of free speech online for Indian citizens. A spokeswoman for the 'Do No Evil' company explained, 'India does value free speech and political speech. But they are weighing the harm of free speech against violence in their streets.'"
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Google Sets Censorship Precedent In India

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  • Now what? (Score:5, Funny)

    by iCantSpell ( 1162581 ) on Sunday January 03, 2010 @02:31AM (#30629824)

    Fuck the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 03, 2010 @02:46AM (#30629928)
    Did you try rebooting your computer?
  • by Runaway1956 ( 1322357 ) * on Sunday January 03, 2010 @03:41AM (#30630196) Homepage Journal

    "Hearing the news of his death, 300 people allegedly died either due to heart attack or by committing suicide in grief."


    Crap, I'm in the middle of reading the news, and the phone rings.


    "Hey, Runaway, this is Darwin calling."

    "But, you're dead, aren't you?"

    "Yes, but science is wonderful, isn't it? I've just had a phone installed, and though I'd test it out."

    "Oh, cool. So, I'm getting my first phone call from the afterlife!"

    "Yes, and I just wanted to tell you not to worry about 300 dead Indians who committed suicide, or died of grief over some politician. Those dumb bastards had nothing to put back into the gene pool anyway."

    "Oh, OK, Thanks Charles. Though, I couldn't see myself getting overly excited about them anyway."

    "Alright, cool, Runaway. Have a nice day now. Like I said, I was just testing my new phone - I have some important calls to make now. 1-900 numbers and such, you know. See you around!"

    click hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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