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Saturday, May 14, 2005

Elections B.C. Say Blogs are Campaign Advertising
The CBC reports that Elections B.C. (the organization that oversees provincial elections) ruled on Thursday that blogs are a form of campaign advertising and must be registered as such. At the same time, however, a representative of Elections B.C. also said that the volume of sites is overwhelming and they haven't ruled out seeking changes to the Election Act.

Clearly, this leaves a lot of bloggers faced with a tough decision, so B.C. blogger Darren Barefoot decided to call up Elections B.C. to get more details about their position. He found that even a single web page with text expressing support for a candidate, party or referendum issue must be registered. He also notes that newspapers, including editorials and letters to the editor, get an exemption -- in fact, the exact words used by Elections B.C. were “bona fide news organizations”. Where exactly does someone register as a bona fide news organization?

[Via Mikel.org]
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