Estonia Calls For Internet Censorship

Sep 7, 2017

Estonia currently heads the rotating presidency of the European Union. According to a leaked document, Estonia is calling on members of the EU to increase internet censorship. The European Digital Rights group said that Estonia is pushing member states to “follow in the footsteps of China regarding online censorship.” Estonia is proposing “two options for each of the two most controversial proposals: the so-called ‘link tax’ or ancillary copyright and the upload filter.” According to the European Digital Rights group, both censorship proposals would be “harmful to a free and open internet.” Estonia’s call for censorship is surprising considering that Estonia was under the control of the Soviet Union from 1944 to 1991. The country’s citizens experienced crackdowns on freedom of speech, religion and spying by secret police.