South African censors propose law requiring publishers of internet videos, pictures, posts etc, to pay for censorship and then wait 10 days before being able to upload
March 2015 |
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Online videos, pictures, posts and other content may soon find itself censored in South Africa. This is if the Film and Publications Board has its way in implementing its online censorshop policy aimed at intermet content distributed in South Africa.
The draft policy, gazetted for public comment, requires distributors to have digital content classified in terms of the board's guidelines. Producers of content would have to apply for classification before their content would be made available online.
A prescribed fee from R450 (£25) will be imposed upon applying for an online distribution agreement, with an expected turnaround time of 10 days for classification.
The FPB claimed it was concerned about children being exposed to
unclassified content accessed through the internet and other mobile platforms.
Chief censor Sipho Risiba said distribution channels also had the responsibility to look out for unclassified content which may have any of the flagged elements guiding
the board. He added that user-generated content was a problem leading to the prevalence of offensive content such as racism, sexual, school violence videos and posts that may entice imitative acts. He claimed:
Distributors and internet service providers were not yet playing their part in warding off sex offenders and racists from their platforms.
The board will go on a national public consultation road show between April and May to allow the public to give inputs on the policy.
|11th January |
Netherlands calls on the Vatican to justify opposition to gay decriminalisation
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The Vatican envoy to the Netherlands has been called to a meeting to defend the Catholic teaching on sexuality and marriage by the Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister.
At the request of homosexualist activist groups, Maxime Verhagen, a Christian
Democrat, has demanded that the Papal Nuncio to the Netherlands, Monsignor Fran็ois Bacqu้, respond to accusations that the Church opposes gay rights.
Verhagen said, The Netherlands is unpleasantly surprised by the opposition of
Pope Benedict XVI to a UN declaration on human rights and homosexuality.
Verhagen noted that although there were points of agreement with the Vatican statements, the judgments of the Pope on homosexuality are cause for concern because they are unnecessarily offensive, as can be seen, and do not contribute
to a worthy debate.
In December, the Vatican was attacked in the international press for refusing to endorse the UN motion claiming to decriminalise homosexuality. The motion, which is not legally binding, was introduced by Verhagen
and by his colleagues from France, and has been signed by only 66 of the UN’s 192 member states. Thus far, although the United States, Russia, China, Guatemala, El Salvador and some African countries have also refused to endorse the resolution,
only the representative of the Vatican has been publicly called on the carpet by Verhagen.
|15th December |
Religious countries oppose UN call to decriminalise homosexuality
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Islamic governments are expected to join with the Vatican in protesting against a French-backed declaration in the UN General Assembly that calls for the decriminalisation of homosexuality worldwide.
Rama Yade, France's secretary of state for
human rights, will visit Manhattan this week to throw her weight behind a statement supported by dozens of nations that blasts the outlawing of certain types of sexual behaviour.
The 13-point declaration urges states to ensure that sexual
orientation or gender identity may under no circumstances be the basis for criminal penalties, in particular executions, arrests or detention.
While the controversial document is not binding in international law, it has provoked hostile
responses from leaders of religiously conservative nations that regard homosexuality as sinful.
Margaret Awino-Kafeero, a diplomat from Uganda's mission to the UN, which currently chairs Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) meetings at
the world body, said many Muslim governments rejected the declaration.
OIC delegates have discussed the gay-friendly statement and agreed that governments choosing to prosecute homosexual behaviour should object to the declaration independently.
The OIC decided it will be each individual country's decision, Awino-Kafeero said.
The declaration indirectly criticises more than 80 countries in which homosexuality is punishable by law.
The Vatican's permanent observer
to the UN has already revealed Holy See opposition to the statement, which is still being drafted and carries the support of 56 countries.
Archbishop Celestino Migliore said the Vatican opposed the resolution because it would add new
categories of those protected from discrimination and could lead to reverse discrimination against traditional heterosexual marriage.
France's declaration is backed by EU members and has won support from non-western countries, such as Ecuador
and Uruguay as well as two OIC members, Gabon and Guinea-Bissau.
Update: Discriminatory Turkey
25th December 2008. Based on article from hurriyet.com.tr
In an atmosphere where Turkey is being criticized for the slow pace of its EU reforms, the country refuses to sign a declaration calling all states to take steps to stop the criminalization of homosexuality, contradicting its commitments to
the EU in promoting human rights
Turkey breaks company with EU in gay vote Turkey refused to sign a European Union-led declaration presented last week at the United Nations calling all states to take steps to stop the criminalization of
homosexuality. The move contradicted Turkey's commitments to the EU to promote human rights for all without any discrimination.