Adelaide Advertiser claims victory over repeal of online comment censorship

The Adelaide Advertiser has claimed victory against the SA government after Attorney-General Michael Atkinson was forced to repeal a law that prevents the posting of anonymous online comments about the state election.  

Atkinson said he made the decision last night after the paper’s website Adelaide Now published a scathing editorial attacking the law as an infringement of freedom of speech. The resulting backlash against the government saw the site attract over 1,000 posts from people opposing the law.

Atkinson told The Advertiser: “It was my idea. It’s turned out to be a lousy idea. And now I’m fixing it up.

“I made the wrong decision on this provision in the law. I did not take sufficient account of the internet generation, the blogging generation.”

He added that while the law could not be repealed until after this year’s state election, the government would not take any action against anonymous online posters.


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