TV Networks Join The Pushback Against Australia’s Proposed Anti-“Misinformation” Law

If you’re tired of censorship and dystopian threats against civil liberties, subscribe to Reclaim The Net. In a bid to stand up for freedom of speech, Australian free-to-air broadcast networks have raised criticisms about a proposed legislation aimed at combating so-called “misinformation.” The targets of controversy are the bill’s nebulous definitions of harm, potential violations of freedom of expression, and the risk of content censorship by social media platforms complying with government-imposed obligations. The focal point of the dispute is drawn from the quote by Free TV which expressed concerns, similar to the Australian Human Rights Commission and various legal authorities. They pointed out that the suggested definition of “harm” is “harm to the health of Australians” and “disruption of public order,” allowing for room for misunderstanding and misuse, and potentially threatening freedom of expression on governmental and political matters. This legislation hands over a wide range of new powers to ACMA, which includes the enforcement of an industry-wide “standard” that will obligate digital platforms to remove what they determine as misinformation or disinformation. The punitive response for non-compliance is a harsh fine of up to $6.88 million or up to 5% of the company’s global turnover, whichever is greater. Meanwhile, Free TV has ardently championed a total dismissal of all free-to-air content from the potential law, The Sydney Morning Herald reported. The opposing side includes The Greens, who may have a substantial influence if the laws pass the Senate. They argue against giving exemption to news content, pointing fingers…TV Networks Join The Pushback Against Australia’s Proposed Anti-“Misinformation” Law