Home affairs changes stance on anti-porn law

By Mandy De Waal 8 October 2010

On Thursday the home affairs department stated that legislative action to prevent online pornography should be a last resort, in contrast to its previous position. In July deputy home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba had stated that he wanted to fast-track a bill through parliament that would've meant a blanket ban on online pornography, and tasked internet service providers with filtering out such content. The department met with the Film and Publications Board, the Internet Service Providers’ Association (Ispa), the department of communications, the Independent Communications Authority of SA and the Wireless Application Service Providers’ Association on Thursday, and all the parties are now involved in ongoing consultation about other methods to protect children from online pornography. Read more: TechCentral, Mandy de Waal's column on the proposed porn bill

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