This piece of news arrived at Spanish media on September 5th but I did not have time enough for commenting it. Spanish ex-Minister for Industry, Commerce and Tourism, José Montilla -on the photo, left-, who is now Socialists’ candicate for Catalan Autonomous Government the "Generalitat", announced that Spanish Government will be able to "prevent Internet access from Spain to international services or contents whose interruption or withdrawal has been decided by some competent organ". He did not mention if that organ was going to be administrative -and the Government will control it- or judicial. Everything will be included in the new Act for the Impulse of the Information Society -Ley para el Impulso de la Sociedad de la Información-.
Since the day Socialists came to power (March 14th, 2004) the Spanish blogosphere has grown very much. But it has been mostly because of citizens whose ideas are linked to the opposition, more than to the Government. So it is normal than a lot of bloggers and blog-readers are worried in Spain, because that would mean a total lack of criticism and, as a result, much power for Government-friendly media.
But the best of it, is this "inspiration":
The Government is inspired in this measure by the New York Times, which blocked the access to some news published in its website, to the British readers to fulfill British "summary phase" laws.
This is nonsense: a Government is not the same than a private newspaper. A Government must respect freedom of expression and must stand criticism, even if it is hard, boring or disgusting. Democracy is based on opinions. But on opinions based on facts and, as a result, reasonable ones. As ever, to judge something, to consider circumstances and to give oneself’s opinions, one must judge every possible important fact that can be related to the objective of one’s opinion.
Víctor Domingo, President of the Websurfers Asssociation (AI, Asociación de Internautas) declared he "did not understand very well what was referring the Minister to, especially because e did not mention the character of the "competent organs" who can take such a decision". For Mr Domingo, this is a new step in the "regulation of the interceptatation of the communications".
On June 29th, 2005, the Spanish Supreme Court accepted the illegality of a Government Regulation related to Electronic Communications, because it introduced an administrative procedure to intercept electronic communications without Judicial control. It also let agents obtain a lot of data from the citizen subject to the interceptation and of any other people who could a be part of the communication and were clients of the same operator.