Wikileaks taken offline after it publishes banned Australian websites

The whistle blowing website Wikileaks has been taken offline after publishing a complete list of the websites banned by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

 

The list, which contains more than 2,000 websites including child pornography sites and other illegal material, appeared to show all the websites that those living in Australia are prohibited from accessing by the domestic authorities.

 

It also includes various online gambling, religious websites and gay and straight porn sites, as well as euthanasia sites. A Queensland dentist and a tour operator also appear on the list.

 

Communications minister Stephen Conroy, said the list was not authentic and that it contained some common URLs, but also a number of links his organisation had not investigated or received a complaint about. He also went on to say whoever leaked the information could face criminal prosecution.

 

Opposition communications spokesman Nick Minchin, told the Sydney Morning Herald that the leaking of the list also highlighted how such information could surface, despite the efforts of ACMA or the introduction of an internet content filter.

 

He said: “The regrettable and unfortunate reality is there will always be explicit and illegal material on the web and regardless of blacklists, filters and the like, those with the means and know-how will find ways of accessing it.

 

“The coalition also maintains that adult supervision is the most effective way of keeping children safe online and people shouldn't be led into believing by Labor that expanded blacklists or mandatory filters are a substitute for that.”

 

Wikileaks responded by saying: “The first rule of censorship is that you cannot talk about censorship.” A statement on the website claims that it is ‘currently overloaded by readers' that is a ‘regular difficulty that can only be resolved by deploying additional resources', with donations requested from users.

 

 

 

 

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