Parliament approves “Internet Censorship Bill” – What happens next

Mephisto_Helix

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The same FPB who just classified a movie as porn that isn't porn .... yeah everyone wants those clowns in charge of their internet. Jesus, 180+ voted yes, enjoy :rolleyes:
 

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Is this as much about them wanting to stop people criticizing the government as it is about the crack down on pornography?
 

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According to reports, the National Assembly vote was 189 in favour, 35 against, and no abstentions.

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According to the government, the aim is to protect children from sexually-explicit material, and curb hate speech and revenge porn.
I am more concerned about the larger aim, building walls around the country, and it seems to be widely supported. I see it more like they want to take peoples voices away.
 

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Is this as much about them wanting to stop people criticizing the government as it is about the crack down on pornography?
If it was the SSA, not much to do.

But the FPB’s scope is limited, if they block criticism, it will be overturned very quickly.

We classify films, DVDs, computer games and certain publications through the imposition of age restrictions, and the giving of consumer advice.
 

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If it was the SSA, not much to do.

But the FPB’s scope is limited, if they block criticism, it will be overturned very quickly.
Ah yes! Missed the FPB part somehow :confused: . Just thought it was a general clamp down on Internet related content.
 

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If it was the SSA, not much to do.

But the FPB’s scope is limited, if they block criticism, it will be overturned very quickly.
We all know the FPB loves to make an example, they will target a poor individual as practice.
 

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I am happy with these two criteria which the FPB regulates:

http://www.fpb.org.za/

Balancing the right to freedom of expression with an obligation to protect children from exposure to potentially disturbing, harmful and inappropriate materials
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Protecting children from sexual exploitation in media content in order to educate the broader South African society to make informed choices
but,

Maintaining relevance to the values and norms of South African society through scientific research
maintaining relevance in accordance with the values and norms of our society, how? How do they establish the values and norms through which 'exact' research? Basically they want to control change by classification, South Africa's authenticity.
 

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Opposition parties and detractors of the Bill have warned that it is unenforceable, however, and in many cases it is unconstitutional.
Game, set and match right there.
 

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According to the government, the aim is to protect children from sexually-explicit material, and curb hate speech and revenge porn.
Think of the children.
You could use this as an excuse to censor anything.
 

Swa

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So where was the other 176 members that didn't vote?
 

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My gawd this country is becoming a communist *****hole.
 

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More importantly, only 35 voted against and the EFF (25) said they are against it. So the real question is why the DA (89) didn't oppose this?
 

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Porn is everywhere. You'd have to block the entire internet if you want to block porn.
 

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Ag, another fruitless and unenforceable idea. How exactly they will enforce blocking/censoring a particular video and post means that every ISP will need to subscribe to some sort of blacklist database that would have to be updated by somebody. Anyway, people will just repost.
 
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