How to comply with Australian law in Brazil


The state of South Australia has a new election law that went into effect January 6, and its effect was shocking: anonymous political speech on the Internet was simply destroyed.

The law required anyone posting a political comment online during an election period to supply their real name and address or face a fine of up to AUS$1,250. The measure was grossly discriminatory—it applied only to bloggers and commenters, not to online “journals” (newspapers or magazine which are written by Real Journalists).

Let’s try this in portuguese:

Olá mundo, eu me chamo Tiago Bortoletto Vaz e resido na Alameda Itú, número 265, na cidade de São Paulo. Arruda, vai tomá no cú!

(Hello world, my name is Tiago Bortoletto Vaz and I live at Alameda Itú, 265, in São Paulo. Arruda, go sodomize yourself!)

Seria isso um political comment? Hmm… Acho que não 🙂


One Comment

  1. VInicius
    Posted February 5, 2010 at 17:53 | Permalink

    Na minha intepretação, isso não é uma comentário político. É só uma sugestão!

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