Wikipedia shuts down the Italian Site and threatens complete deletion in response to speech restrictions from the Italian Prime Minister.
A law proposal from prime ministry Berlusconi known as “DDL intercettazioni ”, or Wiretapping Act, is currently being debated in Italian Parliament.
Wikipedia users believe the new restrictions are an affront to everything the free and neutral encyclopedia stands for, and the Italian site could be permanently deleted if the Parliament approves the proposal.
The Wikipedia Italian frontpage were greeted with a message explaining the new Italian wiretapping proposal and the reasons why the site was shut down.
The Wikipedia message points out that the freedoms are further restricted because the law does not require a correction to be evaluated by an impartial third judge.
Anyone who feels offended by blog posts, news articles and by pages on Wikipedia can call for the content to be corrected—and it must within 48 hours.