CARACAS — Venezuelan lawmakers on Monday imposed broadcast-type regulations on the Internet, barring some types of online messages under measures that opponents say are a threat to freedom speech.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's allies in the National Assembly approved the revised "Social Responsibility Law," which extends rules for broadcast media to the Internet.
The law prohibits messages and images that "disrespect public authorities," ''incite or promote hatred" or crimes, or could create "anxiety in the citizenry or alter public order."
It also says electronic media must establish procedures to "allow the restricting, without delay" of content deemed objectionable. Violators may be punished with fines.