South Africa’s opposition party, DA has launched a petition against the Films and Publications Amendment Bill.
The DA launched the petition today saying it will do everything in its powers to stop this bill in its tracks.
Calling on the public to add their voice in objecting to the bill, the opposition party asserted that the current form of the bill will be an unjustifiable infringement on the constitutional right of South Africans.
“Through the #CensorshipBill, in its current form, government will be able control what videos social media users post on the internet, monitor what South Africans are watching and take down content is deems undesirable.
It does this by forcing all social media users to register with the FPB and pay before uploading videos; placing all viewers of X18-rated content on a list which government will have access to; and giving power to the FPB to take down content on websites without first seeking a court order,” DA stated.
With the above, the party argued reiterated that the Films and Publications Amendment Bill, in its current form is nothing but an attempt by the government to censor the internet.
“…It will give government the power to pre-classify online content before you share it with your friends and family.
We encourage all to sign the petition which will be presented to the Portfolio Committee on Communications when it resumes deliberations on the #CensorshipBill in October,” DA added.
Proclaiming that the attempt to censor South Africans’ use of the internet is a threat to democracy and freedom of speech, the DA stated that it desires a South Africa where every person, including the media, has the right to freedom of expression and has the power to receive and impart information unhindered, and within the boundaries of the law.
You can sign the petition here if you believe the party is acting right on the issue.