[Owasp-cape-town] [zacon-comm] Yet Another Censor Ship Bill (Got Until Thursday to Comment)

Dominic White dominic at white.za.net
Sun May 22 18:43:53 UTC 2016

R2K's been on this one since last year I think: http://www.r2k.org.za/2015/08/21/fpb-unmoved-by-r2k-on-censorship-policy/

It forms part of their "Hands Off Our Internet" campaign: http://www.r2k.org.za/handsoffourinternet/

> On 22 May 2016, at 5:28 PM, Timo <timogoosen at runbox.com> wrote:
> Our government is trying to sneak in another censorship bill. I didn't read anything 
> about it online until I picked up the Friday Cape Argus. On the front page there was a story on the bill.
> " The bill requires anyone who creates, produces, publishes or advertises any publication that contains sexual conduct, violates or shows disrespect for the right to human dignity of any person, degrades a person, or constitutes incitement to cause harm, to submit it for examination and classification by the board."
> http://www.iol.co.za/dailynews/news/cyber-censors-hovering-2024009
> "
> “The (FPB) Act was passed in 1996 when there wasn’t much internet and electronic communication. We now operate in a completely different landscape and the bill is the FPB’s attempt to modernise the way they operate for online world.”
> ....
> It allows the board to classify and regulate the distribution of online content to ensure cyber safety for children and that children are protected from disturbing and harmful content on social media and mobile platforms.
> "
> You can read about the bill here:
> http://www.fpb.org.za/profile-fpb/legislation1/594-redraft-fpb-online-regulation-policy-2016/file
> What are your thoughts about this bill? Are you guys planning on commenting?
> I think we should be scared about any bill that is pushed to be put into action so quickly.
> I also think we should think of the consequences of such a bill. Imagine if I wanted to release a video
> of the Marikana massacre then I would have to submit it to some board for review. This reminds me
> a great deal of the apartheid government when pornography was censored etc and when
> the government could very conveniently decide to ban books that they thought weren't appropriate
> for mass consumption.
> I challenge you all to read over this bill and to make the phone ring or send as many emails as possible with comments.
> Regards.
> Timo
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