The U.N. failed miserably at their attempt to take control of the internet, so they’re trying a new approach – global treaties. Wising up to the lack of public support for a regulated internet, they’re trying their new approach by using an activity people will be more willing to have regulated. A global treaty against cigarette advertising could be extended to cover advertising on the internet. Like many people, I can see the benefit of not advertising things like cigarettes and alcohol, but I also see the dangers of letting the U.N. get a foot in the door. Now it’s cigarettes, but what will they propose regulating in the future? You can bet it won’t be pornography they regulate next. Itâ€™ll be “hate speechâ€. And, hate speech will be defined by the United Nations, an organization that can’t come up with a definition for terrorism and calls terrorists freedom fighters.
Health officials from more than 100 countries have agreed to study widening a global tobacco control treaty to target advertising over the Internet and satellite television, the World Health Organization said on Friday.
The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which came into force a year ago, bans advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products, blamed for five million early deaths a year.
But officials from 113 countries, meeting in their first conference of the parties, which ended on Friday, found that the May 2003 pact failed to cover all cross-border advertising, senior WHO officials said.
Tobacco will prematurely end the lives of 10 million people a year by 2020 if current trends are not reversed, the WHO says. There are currently some 1.3 billion smokers worldwide.
Working parties will study legally-binding protocols to clamp down on cross-border advertising as well as illicit trade, and report back by mid-2007, the officials told a news briefing at the end of two weeks of talks.
“The blindspot was identified that there are other forms of advertising coming from non-party states being beamed into parties — Internet communication and sports sponsorship which maybe comes from satellite television,” said Douglas Bettcher, coordinator of the WHO’s Framework Tobacco Control Office.