This page was created to gather the support of the international Internet
community to protest for the closure of the Terràvista, last
29th of July.
The result? More than 25.000 portuguese homepages suddenly "erased"
from the Web.
WHAT IS THE TERRÀVISTA? The
Terràvista was created in 1997, by the portuguese government
for the free web hosting of portuguese homepages (2MB each).
WHAT HAPPENED? This service was
closed after the Minister of Culture, Manuel Maria Carrilho, found that
there were some pornographic contents (DragonBall "softcore"
scanned pictures) in *one* of the 25.000 homepages.
BACK TO THE CENSORSHIP! This Minister
of the portuguese government stated at that time that all the homepages
would be manually reviewed to delete improper contents. He also stated
that new rules would be adopted to make every new submission (every
file: texts, images, sounds, ...)be reviewed in order to block new improper
OUR GOAL? To show the portuguese
government and the international community that 25.000 webmasters are
not responsible for the bad conduct and break of rules of one individual,
and that no government has the right to close a Internet public service
(like Terràvista) mantained with the money of the portuguese
WHAT WAS THE OUTCOME? In 7th of
August, the Minister gave up on the service, passing its management
to an independent newly created Terràvista Association.The protest
began in the 30th of July 1998, and ended in 12nd of August. There was
a strong media coverage on this protest and the public opinion realized
how much damaged the portuguese Minister of Culture inflicted in the
portuguese-speaking Internet. Terràvista was reopened on the
9th of August 1998.
This page had 4500 visitors during the protest.