Topic: Internet Blogs
Bloggers should enjoy traditional press freedoms and not face regulation as political groups,
lawmakers and online journalists said Friday.
In separate letters, Democratic lawmakers and Internet commentators urged the Federal Election
Commission to make sure that political Web sites that serve as focal points for political discussion,
such as Wonkette.com and Freerepublic.com, don’t have to comply with campaign-finance rules.
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1. Do you think that Internet blogs should be regulated by the government?
2. Should people have the right to access any information they choose on the Internet?
3. Should “political” blogs be forced to pay fees for supporting a particular candidate?
4. What do you think will happen if government tries to censor certain information
on the Internet? What will happen if they don’t?
5. Who has the right to curtail freedom of speech?
(The government, the individual, political organizations, no one)
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With a partner or in groups, debate the pros and cons of censoring information on the Internet.