Israel to go after bloggers?A bill introduced in the Israeli Knesset would make bloggers responsible for all content on their sites, including the comments:
Web site owners or editors will be legally responsible for any content on their site, including comments made in talkbacks and message boards, a bill passed on Sunday by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation states.I'm sorry to tell you folks, but if this goes through, I will have to seriously consider shutting off the comments (which is probably exactly what our fascist government wants).
According to the bill, which was drafted by MK Israel Hasson (Israel Beiteinu) web sites could be absolved of liability if they agree to reveal the details of posters.
While the bill still needs to be approved in three readings in the Knesset plenum, receiving the support of the Ministerial Committee on Legislation gives it a much higher chance of passing into law.
Update 9:35 PM
Consider that two months ago an Israeli court forced Google's blogspot (my host) to disclose the identity of a blogger who committed the 'crime' of 'slandering' a member of a local council. This is not good folks. Can anyone say "chilling effect"?