South Africa’s Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA) has called on the Film and Publications Board (FPB) to make public copies of submissions made by interested parties in response to the Draft Online Content Regulation Policy.
The draft policy was published for public comment earlier this year, with the deadline for submissions expiring on 15 July 2015. The FPB said more than 600 submissions were received.
The draft policy has been criticised as being unconstitutional, unlawful, and incapable of implementation, while the FPB plans to finalise the draft policy by the end of March 2016.
“ISPA believes that the publication of the submissions is an important element of the fair administrative process required by the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act,” it said.
The Department of Communications has in the interim introduced the Films and Publications Amendment Bill 2015 into Parliament.
This Bill seeks to create a framework for the regulation of online content and a legal basis for the future work of the FPB.