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Wikipedia’s Italian website closed in protest

05/10/11 22:43 CET

Wikipedia has shut down its Italian website in protest against a new privacy law in the country.

The law imposes restrictions on newspapers and internet pages, forcing them to correct content deemed detrimental to a person’s image within 48 hours.

The law, drafted by Silvio Berlusconi’s government, will also curb newspapers’ right to publish details of police wire-taps during preliminary investigations. It is seen by many as an attempt by the Prime Minister to quash any more stories of his personal life from being reported in the media.

The move by Wikipedia coincides with rallies in central Rome. Protesters accuse the government of trying to cover up corruption with laws that threaten basic freedom of expression.

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