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Encyclopedia Dramatica Drama: Website Targeted by Australian Government

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NEW YORK (CBS) The website Encyclopedia Dramatica has been targeted by the Australian Human Rights Commission, a government agency, for containing racist content.

In January, at the government's request, Google Australia pulled down links to an article on Australian Aborigines contained on the site, and now the commission may file charges against the site's American owner.

For the unfamiliar, Encyclopedia Dramatica is like Wikipedia, except instead of striving for a neutral point-of-view, contributors aim for an offensive and adolescent one.

Think South Park. Now, multiply the offensiveness of South Park by the highest number you can think of. There: you're still well short of how offensive Encyclopedia Dramatica is. An example: the "encyclopedia" has a list of funny things which includes the Holocaust and cancer.

Here's a link to the site for the strong stomached - consider yourself warned: Encyclopedia Dramatica.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the commission says that the site violates a 1975 Australia law, the Racial Discrimination Act, which, according to the commission's website, "makes racial vilification against the law. This gives additional protection to people who are being publicly and openly offended, insulted, humiliated or intimidated because of their race, colour, or national or ethnic origin."

The article on Aborigines, a minority group in Australia, is plainly full of racist content, which won't be quoted here. The site claims the article, like the website itself, is satire. The government of Australia considers it hate speech, and has alerted the site's owner, Joseph Evers, that he could face fines and jail time - despite the fact that he is American, located in America, and breaking no American laws.

In a blog post Monday, Evers writes that the article will not be taken down, and that "Encyclopedia Dramatica will never be censored in any way."


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