Wikipedia against the proposed new Italian media law #freespeechitaly

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Dear reader,

at this time, the Italian language Wikipedia may be no longer able to continue providing the service that over the years was useful to you, and that you expected to have right now. As things stand, the page you want still exists and is only hidden, but the risk is that soon we will be forced to actually delete it.

The Bill - Rules on Wiretapping etc., p. 24, letter a) states that:

«For the Internet sites, including newspapers and periodicals delivered by telematic way, the statements or corrections are published, with the same graphic characteristics, the same access methodology to the site and the same visibility of the news which they refer.»

Over the past ten years, Wikipedia has become part of the daily habits of millions of web users looking for a neutral, free-content, and - above all - independent source of Knowledge. A new, huge multi-lingual encyclopedia, freely available to all, at any time, and free of charge.

Today, unfortunately, the very pillars on which Wikipedia has been built - neutrality, freedom, and verifiability of its contents - are likely to be heavily compromised by paragraph 29 of a law proposal, also known as "DDL intercettazioni" (Wiretapping Act).

This proposal, which the Italian Parliament is currently debating, provides, among other things, a requirement to all websites to publish, within 48 hours of the request and without any comment, a correction of any content that the applicant deems detrimental to his/her image.

Unfortunately, the law does not require an evaluation of the claim by an impartial third judge - the opinion of the person allegedly injured is all that is required, in order to impose such correction to any website.

Hence, anyone who feels offended by any content published on a blog, an online newspaper and, most likely, even on Wikipedia can directly request the removal of such contents and its permanent replacement with a "corrected" version, aimed to contradict and disprove the allegedly harmful contents, regardless of the truthfulness of the information deemed as offensive, and its sources.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Article 27.

(1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
(2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

During all these years, the users of Wikipedia (and we want, once more, to point out that Wikipedia does not have an editorial staff) have always been available to review - and modify, if needed - any content deemed to be detrimental to anyone, without harm to the Project's neutrality and independence. In the very rare instances it was not possible to reach a mutually satisfactory solution, the entire page has been removed.

The obligation to publish on our site the correction as is, provided by the named paragraph 29, without even the right to discuss and verify the claim, is an unacceptable restriction of the freedom and independence of Wikipedia, to the point of distorting the principles on which the Free Encyclopedia is based and this would bring to a paralysis of the "horizontal" method of access and editing, putting - in fact - an end to its existence as we have known until today.

It should be made more than clear that none of us wants to question safeguarding and protection of the reputation, honor and image of any party - but we also note that every Italian citizen is already protected in this respect by Article 595 of the Criminal Code, which punishes the crime of defamation.

With this announcement, we want to warn our readers against the risks arising from leaving to the arbitrary will of any party to enforce the alleged protection of its image and its reputation. Under such provisions, web users would be most probably led to cease dealing with certain topics or people, just to "avoid troubles".

We want to be able to keep a free and open-to-all encyclopaedia, because our articles are also your articles - Wikipedia is already neutral, why neutralize it?

The users of Wikipedia

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  • d.d.

    http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Comunicato_4_ottobre_2011/en la traduzione ufficiale di wiki c’era già qui, armonizzate please se potete

  • facotrip

    SCANDALOSO!!!!

  • valigiablu

    @d.d. quando abbiamo iniziato a tradurre non c’era… ci pare. Spè vedo come fare…

  • valigiablu

    abbiamo sostituito come ci hai suggerito… diffondiamo aggiungendo #freespeechitaly

  • d.d.

    grazie mille. :)

  • barbara
  • barbara
  • valigiablu

    grazie a te @d.d. grazie @barbara

  • Stefano Sergio

    Scusate ma non potremmo prendere delle iniziative più costruttive che possano realmente influenzare l’esito del voto?
    Per esempio annunciare che verranno pubblicati i nomi di tutti i parlamentari che voteranno a favore del provvedimento.
    E ancora meglio, minacciare di inondare blog e siti degli schieramenti politici e del governo di ingiunzioni personali relativi al contenuto offensivo… d’altronde può farlo chiunque no? E non c’è bisogno di avvocati perchè sono tenuti ad eliminare qualunque contenuto.
    In ogni caso non sono un’esperto di queste cose ma se c’è qualcosa di pratico che possiamo fare ho tutta l’intenzione di farlo ed è da voi che mi aspetto qualche iniziativa di questo genere.

  • fpred

    ci vuole un haker che inondi di proteste tutti i siti istituzionali e anche quelli privati di questi fascisti che ci vogliono imbavagliare, che li mandi in tilt. Che vengano pubblicati tutti i numeri di telefono/cellulari possibili e che questi squllino ininterrottamente finche’ non decidano di ritirare questo ennesimo abominio. Riempiamigli le caselle di posta elettronica di mail di protesta …

  • carolina ianniello

    grazie per tutto quanto!

  • Luciosinibaldi

    Vergognoso

  • Iolanda Rina Tafaro

    Grazie di esserci.Siete un argine alla sottocultura dilagante di questi/e nominati/e al governo del Nostro Paese. Seguirò tutte le iniziative a riguardo.Sono un’insegnante in pensione; senza di Voi a me internet serve poco o niente.Grazie ancora.
    Iolanda

  • Filippo Di Natale

    E’ sconvolgente realizzare che si possa arrivare a tanto. Spero e credo che la stessa forza che ha permesso a Wikipedia di esistere le permetterà di r-esistere a questo scempio politico.