In a harshly worded press release on the Wikileaks site, the Stockhom based publisher warned Senator Stephen Conroy that any attempts to uncover the source of the recently leaked ACMA banned list would be met with legal action.
Wikileaks became public enemy number one after reportedly releasing what it claims is the ACMA list of 2300 URLs of banned sites that will be included in the governments controversial internet filtering system. The list includes bus companies, online poker sites, Wikipedia entries and a dental surgery.
Senator Conroy labeled the leak as “grossly irresponsible” and said the list was not authentic.
In Wikileak’s statement the organisation asserts that “the senator is perhaps unaware of the legal and diplomatic risks associated wit the statement.”
The document goes on to explain that under the Swedish Constitution’s Press Freedom Act, “the right of confidential press source to anonymity, is protected and criminal penalties apply to anyone acting to breach that right.”
The organisation goes on to remind Senator Conroy that the South African Competition Commission backed down after being advised of the legal ramifications of its own, similar, high profile case.
The leak of the list has added fuel to debate around the internet censorship issue. The government's proposed filtering system aims to protect children from dangerous and inappropriate content.