OPINION

Web must abide by rules too

Worldwide, the Internet has become firmly established as an important medium through which citizens can express their thoughts and concerns, and it has also become a fundamental part of any mature democracy.

In Greece, unfortunately, we have seen this useful medium being abused and manipulated over the past few years by the rather nefarious phenomenon of websites whose contributors are not identified and which are used to launch personal attacks against specific individuals, to issue threats and even to blackmail people.

The average citizen, however, cannot know who is hiding behind such websites, and certainly not what interests the person or people behind them represent, in contrast to newspapers and other news and information media whose owners and writers are easily identified.

It is high time that legislation was introduced to regulate the Internet that will impose on these so-called news media the same rules and regulations that apply to all other media.