Porn ban on net and mobiles mulled by South Africa

A South African government official is proposing a complete ban on digitally distributed pornography. Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba has approached the country’s Law Reform Commission to ask whether a change in the law is possible. He has also had talks with the Justice Alliance for South Africa (JASA), a respected group which has written its own draft bill on the issue. Internet security experts have dismissed the idea as “madness”. JASA proposes that the ban, covering TV but also mobile phones and the web, could be implemented in the form of filters set by internet service providers. Countries such as Australia and China have already developed filters to block access to certain websites. Graham Cluley of security firm Sophos said previous attempts by other nations to ban pornography had not been successful. Pornography is a subject of ongoing debate in South Africa. A terrestrial television channel called ETV caused a storm of controversy when it began broadcasting adult material after midnight in 2002. In 2010 a propoosal by satellite broadcaster Multichoice to offer a 24 hour pornography channel was abandoned after a deluge of complaints.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/10180937.stm

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