City Hall is reeling today after somebody decided to block access to the Bristol Blog from municipal computers.
First, of course, I'll have to find out who made that decision and why.
Then we're going to have a swell debate on the First Amendment, which I maintain prevents the government from taking any action to block the free press. Even the courts agree that government can't tamper with press freedom unless there's a damn good reason for it.
I hope the move to block the blog is just a mistake, but if city leaders want a fight about freedom, let's have it. I'm game.
Update at 2:30 --
Well, I got hold of Mayor Art Ward.
So why's the blog blocked?
"I don't know," he said. "I don't have an answer."
Then he said that he did hear earlier today that the information services division had installed new filtering on the web this morning.
Ward said that's probably why the blog is blocked. I should talk to MIS, he said.
So I will.
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