11 June 2010

SA - South African politician wants to ban online porn

(OpenNet Initiative)
posted by Rebekah Heacock. South Africa's Deputy Minister of Home Affairs has declared his intent to ban all digital pornography in the country. The stated goal of the draft bill (PDF), developed in conjunction with the Justice Alliance of South Africa, is "to make it illegal for Internet and Mobile phone service providers in the Republic of South Africa to distribute or permit to be distributed pornography, so as to ensure protection for children and women." ISPs and mobile phone service providers who violate the law will face a fine and/or five years in prison. Service providers are also required to monitor their networks and report any violations on the part of their customers to the South African police.