Why Internet Freedom is 'Under Threat' in Czech Republic

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Hundreds of people took to the streets of Prague on February 20 to take part in a rally in support of Internet freedom.

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About 600 people participated in the demonstration despite the poor weather conditions, marching from the Klárov square to the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

According to deputy chairman of Czech Pirate Party, Ivo Vašíček, the freedom of Internet in the country is under threat. First of all, it concerns a new bill of Minister of Finance Andrej Babiš that provides for the ban of online lotteries' which do not possess special business license.

"Thus, for the first time in the history of the Czech Republic there would be a list of blocked sites," Vašíček told Sputnik.

The politician also stressed that representatives of his party and other activists criticize proposals for the "Internet's deanomization," according to which each user will have to possess a special "Internet passport" to again access to the web.

"I have nothing against the voluntary use of electronic passports, but I can't imagine that something of that kind would be obligatory. This would mean legal permanent espionage. No one can spy on me on the street, right? Why should it then be done with the consent of the government in cyberspace? " the politician said.

According to him, mandatory identification on the Internet and bans on certain messengers are things that characterize non-democratic states and the desire of authoritarian politicians to strengthen their power.

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