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12 December 2017 15:51 (South Africa)

Home affairs changes stance on anti-porn law

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    Mandy de Waal

    Mandy de Waal is a writer who reports on technology, corruption, science, the media and whatever else she finds interesting. She loves small stories and human narratives, and dislikes persistent evangelists, bad poetry and the insane logic that currently passes for political rhetoric. Back in journalism after spending time in the corridors of corporate greed, de Waal has written for Mail & Guardian, Noseweek, City Press, Rapport, MoneyWeb, Brandchannel (New York) and a number of other good titles. She now writes for The Daily Maverick because it’s the smart thing to do.

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

  • Mandy de Waal
    mandy de waal BW
    Mandy de Waal

    Mandy de Waal is a writer who reports on technology, corruption, science, the media and whatever else she finds interesting. She loves small stories and human narratives, and dislikes persistent evangelists, bad poetry and the insane logic that currently passes for political rhetoric. Back in journalism after spending time in the corridors of corporate greed, de Waal has written for Mail & Guardian, Noseweek, City Press, Rapport, MoneyWeb, Brandchannel (New York) and a number of other good titles. She now writes for The Daily Maverick because it’s the smart thing to do.

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