Onerous bill attempts to control speech on the internet
ITWeb ran an article titled " Thought police target ‘new' media" about changes to the film and publications act that attempt to place censorship processess on blogs/websites. The crux of the matter is the demand that "any blog or other Internet or mobile content that contains visual presentations, descriptions or representations of sexual conduct, advocacy of hatred, incitement to violence or propaganda promoting war must be submitted for classification before publication". South Africa constantly amazes me with the mix of liberalism and conservatism that appears in our laws. I realise that the changes to the law are coming from a perspective that doesn't actually understand the changes the internet has brought, and doesn't quite understand how it needs to act in order to appease people, but seriously, how are they going to police it? and what jurisdiction do they have over content published outside the country, for e.g. on blogger sites, or even the server you own in america? How about videos on youtube, etc.?