France, Netherlands seek to halt Internet censorship

France and the Netherlands called Thursday for international guidelines to prevent private firms from exporting high-tech equipment that could be used for Internet censorship.

Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen said there must be “concrete measures taken to ensure that the Internet remains a universal forum” and singled out Iran for blocking access to anti-government websites.

“We must support cyber-dissidents in the same way that we supported political dissidents,” French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner told a meeting in Paris attended by some 20 countries including the United States and Japan.


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