France - Judge Now Mulling U.S. Hate Site Block

(Newsbytes) Final courtroom arguments have wrapped up and a judge must now decide if French Internet service providers (ISPs) will be forced to block access to an American portal that hosts so-called "hate Web sites." The Internet Service Providers Association of France (AFA) is strongly opposed to blocking the Web sites. French law bans distribution of neo-Nazi, racist and anti-Semitic material. But the AFA maintains that nothing in French law requires them to filter out such content. The AFA and its members are fighting against hate content within the current legal framework, with such measures as an anti-racism hotline co-financed by the EU Commission. 14 October 2001

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