ANC government’s support for internet censure is worrying
6 July 2016
The fact that South Africa has tried at the United Nations (UN) to make internet censure enforceable is worrying when considered against the backdrop of the proposed legislation with which the government clearly has the restriction of freedom of speech in mind, Dr. Pieter Mulder, FF Plus leader said.
South Africa, along with countries such as China, Russia, and Cuba, voted last Friday at the UN against a resolution aimed at enshrining freedom of speech on the Internet, while more than 70 countries supported it.
South Africa and its allies proposed that the resolution had to be changed that the free access to the internet for its citizens had to be restricted. These countries proposed that the term ‘Freedom of Expression’ should be removed from the resolution.
According to Dr. Mulder, it is especially worrying that South Africa’s representative at the UN’s human rights council, Ncumisa Notutela, had said during the session that South Africa’s constitution does enshrine freedom of expression, but the exercising of the freedom of expression and opinion is not an absolute right.