The DA has launched a petition against the Internet Censorship Bill, warning that it will infringe on the privacy of South Africans.
“The Films and Publications Amendment Bill, in its current form, is an attempt by government to censor the Internet,” said the DA.
“The Bill is an attempt to force all social media users to register with the FPB before uploading videos to social media sites.”
The DA warned that if the Bill is passed it will be an infringement on the constitutional right to privacy.
It said the Bill will have all viewers of X18-rated content placed on a list which the government will have unrestricted access to.
The list will have your name, age, and address, said the DA.
This attempt to censor South Africans’ use of the Internet threatens our democracy by limiting freedom of speech, said the DA.
The DA urged South Africans to sign its petition to reject the Bill in its current form.
It also demanded that the Department of Communications launches a Regulatory Impact Assessment before continuing with its deliberations on the Bill.