[Irtalk] Fwd: Stop Censorship, Classification, and Internet Control by Films and Publications Board, South Africa

Leti Kleyn Leti.Kleyn at up.ac.za
Fri May 22 15:00:03 SAST 2015


Dr Leti Kleyn
Manager: Open Scholarship Programme
E-Services Unit
Department of Library Services 
Merensky Library Room 2.24.2
University of Pretoria
8 leti.kleyn at up.ac.za ) 012 420 3876
>>> Denise Nicholson <Denise.Nicholson at wits.ac.za> 2015/05/22 02:25 PM

Hi All,
Draconian Censorship and Control of the Internet (South Africa)
The Film and Publications Board’s draft online regulations policy is
basically unconstitutional and will impact very negatively on access to
information, research, education, media producers, filmmakers, game
distributors, input on social media and the Web, freedom of expression,
internet neutrality, digital educational/training courses, digital
communication at large, etc.  The Film and Publication Board do not
really have the authority to legislate these regulations, and  they are
pushing these regulations ahead of a redraft of the Film and
Publications Act of 1996, which is like putting the cart before the
horse!  There are already various laws to protect children and the Dept.
of Justice and Correctional Services  is currently drafting legislation
on Cybercrime and Related Matters, also for protection of children with
regard to the Internet, so these Regulations which are totally
impractical and draconian need to be withdrawn in toto.   Various NGOs
and Internet providers, filmmakers, broadcasters, etc. are in the
process of submitting objections to the Film and Publications Board, but
educational institutions, academics and librarians need to make their
voices heard too.  LIASA has submitted its input as below. 
LIASA’s statement on the FPB  Draft Online Regulation Policy
South Africa:   Film and Publications Board’s Draft Online Regulation
You can still send submissions – closing date 15 July 2015
Submissions should be emailed to policy.submissions at fpb.org.za or hand
delivered to the FPB head office at ECO Glade 2, 420 Witch Hazel Street,
ECO Park, Centurion, 0169 and marked for attention Ms. Tholoana Ncheke.
Public Consultations on the Draft Online Regulation Policy to be
The more people who object either through their institutions, or in
their personal capacity, the less chance these regulations will be

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