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Amnesty International Warns ISP's - Don't Censor
By: MarkJ - 12 February, 2007 (1:29 PM)

Amnesty International is expected to use this weeks Internet Services Providers' Association (ISPA) awards ceremony as a tool for voicing concern about online repression:

The Internet industry must do more to fight governments' attempts to repress internet users around the world, Amnesty International UK Campaigns Director Tim Hancock will say in a speech at the Internet Services Providers' Association (ISPA) annual awards ceremony on 15 February.

Tim Hancock is expected to say: 'The Internet has revolutionised free speech and gives a voice to millions. But we must be on our guard against those who want to limit access to information and take that free speech away.

'The Internet is the new front in the battle between those who want to speak out, and those who want to stop them.

'Businesses whose operations impact on freedom of speech bear no less responsibility for upholding human rights standards than other industries.

'Web users and service providers alike have a responsibility to keep alive the things that have made the internet great - its democracy, its freedom and the way it gives people access to knowledge and the opportunity to participate and be heard.

The ISPA's 9th Annual UK Internet Industry Awards are to be held on 15th February, a day after Ofcom introduces its new migration rules. It's going to be a busy week.

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