Communication freedom on the Internet
  European Council criticises control and surveillance
  23 June 2003. The ministerial committee of the European Council has issued a declaration on the freedom of communication on the Internet. The paper rejects measures of both limitation and surveillance of access to the Internet.

The Council objects to general filtering and blocking of Internet content and to obligations for Internet Service Providers to monitor all content to which they give access.

It calls for a removal of all barriers to the participation of individuals in the information society and for a right to anonymity on the web.

The aim of the declaration is to highlight the risks of over-regulating access to the Internet, and to support a "fundamental right to freedom of expression and information". The European Council emphasises that it is concerned about the current state of freedom of expression on the Internet, about attempts to limit access to the means of communication, and about surveillance of Internet content.

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