Australians are being warned to stay away from sites hosted on foreign sites in the wake of the Christchurch mosque massacres last week.
Seven websites hosting content about the Christchurch shootings are banned in Australia following warnings that there is a possibility they are hosted on an Australian server.
Australia’s Communications and Media Authority has directed internet service providers to block access to The New Zealand Herald, The Dominion Post, The Press, The Dominion Post, Courier Mail, the Herald & Weekly Times, and the NZ National Chronicle. The NZ Herald and Dominion Post are owned by News Corp Australia.
Web searches for all seven sites now bring up the message, “It’s not safe to visit this site due to the recent events in Christchurch, New Zealand.”
When accessing cached versions of the content, it includes the message, “This content is under a temporary ban due to the ongoing security situation in New Zealand.”
The Australian Government in the days following the attacks has been on high alert for links to the country shared with international networks. Other than Google’s ban, block sites can be accessed on Github, the anti-censorship platform.
Police in New Zealand had already taken action, saying authorities had confiscated computers that had been using “profane and inappropriate” language following the attacks.
A report in The Guardian says Australian Government officials and New Zealand MPs will be meeting in Canberra on Tuesday, February 12 to discuss the issues surrounding the Christchurch shootings and the publication of material believed to be related to the shootings.
At least 49 people died and 48 were injured in New Zealand last Wednesday, with several in critical condition.