Friday, May 22, 2015
South Africa would require a "license to publish" from amateurs
South Africa is considering legislation that would require most user-generated content to be “licensed” before publication, according to a story by Electronic Frontier Foundation, Jeremy Malcolm, link here.
The law intended to be aimed at reducing racially divisive speech, given the history or apartheid and the serious problems with violent crime in the country.
It doesn’t appear that this law would have any significant affect internationally. The country could try to block “unlicensed” or offensive speech, but we know (as with China and Muslim countries) this never works too well in practice.