The government’s plans for the press, revealed yesterday, include a replica of Putin’s ‘Bloggers’ Law’

Published: February 15, 2017 at 11:46pm

Making it mandatory for websites like this to register with the government is one of the oppressive features included in the government’s plans, which the Justice and Education Ministers put before us yesterday evening.

It is crucial that we understand the implications of this. Suffice it to say that when Russia’s Vladimir Putin enacted the exact same law three years ago, it made the headlines in The New York Times.

That is the government’s inspiration. You can read the full article ” target=”_blank”>here.

  • Tabatha_White

    Hollande is making internet security sounds too right now. His official line is that they want to prevent Russian interference in the upcoming Presidential elections. But they did tag on that there are 2,600 persons they are keeping an eye on.

  • bernie

    All bloggers who cherish the freedom of speech should abstain from registering and challenge the law if any action is taken against them. why should anyone get a permission from anybody (let alone from the government) to express his/her views on current affairs ? Malta is coming to look more and more like China.

  • Michelle Pirotta

    Can someone explain to this to me: Let’s forget for a moment any (anti-)constitutional issues. If such a law is enacted, how could control be excerted? What I mean is, one can host the blog, say on a server based in the US – and write all you want about Malta.

  • Jozef

    A Maltese newspaper editor has demanded registration and warrants on his Facebook page, says there’s a problem with fake news. He also tends to shut down free speech resorting to soft bigotry.

    It’s why I don’t read newspapers to get my news, if anything check the slant to confirm market distortion.

    How is mandatory enforced anyway? It’s not as if servers can be shut down and a police officer deployed to watch over you at your keyboard.

    • M. S

      A quick IP relocation and they will never know that your posting from Malta. I would relocated my IP address to one situated in Panama just for the fun of it.

  • pronoia

    Especially when fundamental rights are under attack: today it is Daphne, tomorrow it will be you.

    • Gez

      ‘Requesting permission’ is the act of a child. ‘Licensing’ is ‘begging for permission’ and ‘submitting to someone else’s will’. Adults do not beg permission for something they are lawfully entitled to do, and prepared to take full responsibility for so doing.

      Anything for which a licence can be granted must, by definition, be fundamentally lawful (otherwise it would be incapable of being licenced), and there is, therefore, absolutely no need for an adult to ‘ask such permission’. The act of ‘obtaining a licence’ is the act of throwing away a fundamental Right, and substituting it with a (revocable) privilege instead.

  • pronoia

    National identity as determined by our dictator.

  • I’m sorry, but why, exactly? The point being made here is that there should be no such law. If you find ways to circumvent it, you are colluding in its existence. The thing to do is to carry on as normal and ignore them completely.

  • La Redoute

    Google is not accessible in China unless the government grants access.

  • How do you expect people to know about inalienable rights if they never learned about them at school and have read nothing since?