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Stop the attack on social media + bloggers

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Stop the attack on social media + bloggers
Stop the attack on social media + bloggers
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Right now South Africans could face new regulations that could stop us from posting updates, tweets, images, videos and blogs without first getting approval from the Film and Publication Board. According to the Board's draft regulation, all online content must be classified including “...self generated content uploaded or posted on social media platforms”. [1] Together with the SOS Coalition, we demand that this regulation be scrapped as it violates our democratic right to freedom of expression and access to information.

The Film and Publication Board is supposed to classify movies and TV shows to protect children and stop the distribution of 'child pornography' (child abuse material). But there is no evidence that the Board’s proposed regulation, which would amount to internet censorship, will stop 'child pornography' (child abuse material) online. This is because, according to experts, 'child pornography' (child abuse material) is shared using special software and websites in the ‘deep web’, not the regular internet [2].

By trying to pass such a vague policy, the Board could have similar powers to the apartheid censorship board; allowing this unaccountable body to selectively decide what we can and cannot say, read and watch. This could be devastating for activists, who have always used tools - be it posters, songs or social media - to inform and mobilise.

But we can stop this. If enough of us sign and share the campaign before the 15th of July deadline for public submissions, we can build enough public pressure to force the Board to scrap their plans which could silence those who speak truth to power.

[1] Draft Online Regulation Policy, Government Gazette Notice 182 of 2015, No 38531, 4th March 2015.

[2] Net censorship won't stop child porn, by Andrew Verrijdt for the Mail & Guardian, 2 August 2013.

Will you sign?


Dear Ms. TNF Mpumlwana, Film and Publication Board Chairperson,

We, the undersigned, call on you to scrap the Draft Online Regulation Policy. Not only are the regulations vague, contradictory and outside your mandate, they are unconstitutional. In addition, your draft regulation oversteps ICASA’s role, and is not aligned with regulation and processes from the Department of Communications and the Department of Justice and Correctional Services. Finally, there is no evidence that your regulation will have any impact on tackling child abuse material online, which, as pointed out by experts, needs to be addressed by specialist law enforcement units that can find and stop the distribution of this material.




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  • nokuphila msane
    signed 2015-05-27 09:37:34 +0200
  • Bongiwe Ndlovu
    signed 2015-05-27 09:26:22 +0200
  • Themba Vryman
    signed 2015-05-27 08:56:42 +0200
    Right to freedom of speech and association continues to keep strong the pillars of our constitutional democracy. Free flow of information is non-negotiable.
  • Dudu Khumalo
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-05-27 06:53:36 +0200
    Add your name to the campaign to stop your Facebook, Twitter or blog being censored.
  • Dudu Khumalo
    signed 2015-05-27 06:48:37 +0200
  • Dirk Waldeck
    signed 2015-05-27 02:28:14 +0200
  • Linda Stewart
    signed via 2015-05-26 23:43:35 +0200
  • Andiswa Magazi
    signed 2015-05-26 21:49:55 +0200
    What is the point of having a constitution with all these rights? If we are stripped of the right to practice them.
  • Masego Molefi
    signed 2015-05-26 21:31:53 +0200
  • Liza Smith
    signed 2015-05-26 21:04:40 +0200
  • Mzolisi Mtshaulana
    signed 2015-05-26 20:44:12 +0200
    Sensorship of this magnitude is extremely detrimental to our democracy and constitutional rights. It is completely unwarranted and could serve no purpose other than to create concentrations of power that can be misused
  • Simon Allison
    signed 2015-05-26 20:25:42 +0200
  • Elmarie Prinsloo
    signed 2015-05-26 19:59:25 +0200
  • Estelle Prins
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-05-26 16:41:52 +0200
    Add your name to the campaign to stop your Facebook, Twitter or blog being censored.
  • Estelle Prins
    @etothehp tweeted link to this page. 2015-05-26 16:41:48 +0200
    Add your name to the campaign to stop your Facebook, Twitter or blog being censored. http://www.amandla.mobi/social_media_censorship?recruiter_id=669
  • Estelle Prinsloo
    signed 2015-05-26 16:41:17 +0200
  • Eleni Willcox
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-05-26 14:44:33 +0200
    Add your name to the campaign to stop your Facebook, Twitter or blog being censored.
  • Rebecca Lagat
    signed via 2015-05-26 12:48:33 +0200
  • Labour Vanguard
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-05-26 12:23:14 +0200
    Add your name to the campaign to stop your Facebook, Twitter or blog being censored.
  • Labour Vanguard
    @LabourV tweeted link to this page. 2015-05-26 12:23:10 +0200
    Add your name to the campaign to stop your Facebook, Twitter or blog being censored. http://www.amandla.mobi/social_media_censorship?recruiter_id=4206
  • bongani sithole
    signed 2015-05-26 12:21:20 +0200
    It is against the freedom of speech to censor the bloggers and social commentators
  • Muziwakhe Mbatha
    signed 2015-05-26 11:31:34 +0200
  • Fanie Jansen van Rensburg
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-05-26 11:28:21 +0200
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  • George Roberts
    signed 2015-05-26 11:06:38 +0200
  • Motlatsi Khosi
    signed 2015-05-26 10:30:30 +0200
  • Desmond D'Sa
    signed 2015-05-26 10:30:17 +0200
  • Margaret Hahndiek
    signed 2015-05-26 10:15:04 +0200
  • Gillian Schutte
    signed 2015-05-26 10:03:19 +0200
  • Ditjhaba Selemela
    signed 2015-05-26 10:02:56 +0200
  • neo maledu
    signed 2015-05-26 10:01:02 +0200
    I get shocked sometimes by certain stories reported by the media but there is another way to stop misleading press & prints and this way not only you are putting constraints on our freedom of speech but you deprive people of SA their right to know and hold you accountable as the Goveernment they voted for!!