In Germany monitoring communication and “censorship” of media by government or courts is allowed only in a very restricted manner to gurantee freedom of expression.
According to the “Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index”, Germany is currently ranked 16th out of 179 countries in the world in terms of press freedom. But: the internet challenges the German laws regarding privacy and the possibility of national law enforcement. Due to political symbolism and helplessness, a tendency can be noted worldwide to limit the freedom of internet more than would be considered with regard to classic media.
I was invited by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs to give a lecture on this years Internation Blogger Tour about the Legal Framework in Germany. The presentation of my speech can be downloaded here.