South African government may ban online porn

Malusi Gigaba, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs has approached the South African Law Reform Commission in an attempt to completely ban all digitally distributed pornographic material. Has has also talked to the Justice Alliance for South Africa (JASA) to help him form the bill. JASA had already written a similar draft bill on the issue.

Gigaba said, "Cars are already provided with brakes and seatbelts... There is no reason why the internet should be provided without the necessary restrictive mechanisms built into it."

JASA wants the ban to cover TV, mobile phones, and the Internet. They say the Internet service providers could implement filters to prevent access to the content much like the filters in China and Australia. Others aren't so sure of Mr. Gigaba's plan, Graham Cluley, a security expert at Sophos told BBC News, "One wonders how on earth a democracy like South Africa would be able to introduce such a system, as it's not as though the state has 100% control over telecommunications. Although their intentions may be honourable, it's barking mad to think you will be able to completely outlaw pornography from the web which, is after all, the modern equivalent of the wild west."

Pornography has been a hot topic in the South African government ever since television channel ETV started broadcasting adult material after midnight in 2002. A satellite provider pulled their bid to offer pornographic channels in the area after complaints.

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compl3x said,
Because Porn is definitely South Africa's biggest problem.

Exactly!
Highest crime rate in the world, 20% of adult population has HIV, rampant unemployment and poverty.

Going after pr0n seems like the obvious solution?

Shiranui said,

Exactly!
Highest crime rate in the world, 20% of adult population has HIV, rampant unemployment and poverty.

Going after pr0n seems like the obvious solution?

Thats what I dont get also! There are so many problems in this country, but these idiots will only go after the "easy" problems...its too much hard work getting off their butts to do some real work in this country.

I am not a huge fan of porn, but banning it from the internet will not stop it. There was pron before the internet, there will be porn after.

With so many rapes and physical / sexual abuses taking place there, Gov should promote adult entertainment industry, not ban its elemnts.

I watched a BBC documentary once on how porn in south Africa is actually marginally beneficial in helpin those with HIV/AIDS have some kind of sexual interaction/interest. On the flipside the same documentary also said that due to lack of use of condoms in most pornographic movies it also encourages the non practice of safe sex. Vicious circle.

Slightly amusing though, perhaps is during the documentary one chap said a lot of young SA Males get their 'sex ed' from such films.

I don't think this is the answer at all, you need to fix the county overall this isn't going to help at all why not tackle poverty, that might help ?

Any rational intelligent person understands that there is nothing wrong with porn as long as one does not become addicted to it. Then again, people can become addicted to anything

Calum said,
Any rational intelligent person understands that there is nothing wrong with porn as long as one does not become addicted to it. Then again, people can become addicted to anything

Porn is just easier to get addicted to.

If the third paragraph in that article is an indicator of the mindset maybe they want to ban internet porn because it's causing a breakdown in male bonding.

Or they could just be asshats.

With the soccer world cup in less than 10 day in South Africa, banning porn from internet would only bring more work to hookers.

Lamp0 said,
Would banning porn would be a bad thing? I don't that mean in a funny way...

lol?
It would be bad IF you wanted to watch porn because you wouldn't be able to... How could you not figure that out for yourself?

jOshay said,

lol?
It would be bad IF you wanted to watch porn because you wouldn't be able to... How could you not figure that out for yourself?

I think you missed my point. nvm.

I truly don't understand the rationale for banning it from the internet. I couldn't find any mention of their motivation in the article, either.

What's the reasoning here? This isn't a sarcastic post.

It's a taboo topic but everybody knows that porn is good for society 'cause it helps to relief stress for hundreds of millions people.

Instead of banning porn they should stop extreme rape "campaign" against white women in SA!

Neb Okla said,
"Although their intentions may be honourable"
Since when is meddling in someone else's life "honourable"?

I guess it´s more diplomatic than saying "This plan is a waste of time and pretty much stupid."

Neb Okla said,
"Although their intentions may be honourable"
Since when is meddling in someone else's life "honourable"?

You're taking what the author intended out of context. Limiting porn in someones life is an act of temperance and can help reduce sex crimes. That is the "Honourable" part but when you take the choice away from the general public that's when it become "Dishonourable".

dvelez1985 said,

Limiting porn in someones life is an act of temperance and can help reduce sex crimes.

I feel like taking porn away may INCREASE sex crimes.

fourinjuly4ij said,

I feel like taking porn away may INCREASE sex crimes.


I agree here. Its like they have high rates of rape and other sex crimes...oh..wait, they do. Taking away porn would be taking away the only release these criminals have without commiting the crime.

An anti-porn tool analogous to seatbelts might be parental controls. Computers already have these. Instead of providing seatbelts in cars, he wants to do the technical equivalent of customs checkpoints. That's the kind of thing citizens get when they have no legal protection against government snooping, meddling, and searches.

Of course, there are always some idiots who think society is better off from totalitarianism. Unfortunately on a lot of issues, those folks seem to be in the majority.

FunkTrooper said,
It's scary to think that people elected someone who thinks seatbelts in cars is equivalent to porn on the internet.

Yeah I thought that was an idiotic comparison. Seatbelts save lives who is going to die from pornography.

dvelez1985 said,

Yeah I thought that was an idiotic comparison. Seatbelts save lives who is going to die from pornography.


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the problem is not the simply ban to porn but it left a open door for other kind of censorship.
1) porn
2) violence.
3) piracy
4) anti government sites.


Magallanes said,
the problem is not the simply ban to porn but it left a open door for other kind of censorship.
1) porn
2) violence.
3) piracy
4) anti government sites.


5) anti bacon sites

I agree. The ones that I am worried about are the anti of the anti websites. How about we simply pull Malusi Gigaba internet license (or shutoff all of South Africa)? This off course is not really possible, but neither is the bill that Mr. Gigaba is introducing.

Edited by azure.sapphire, May 28 2010, 3:29pm :

Is porn bad???? what wrong with porn???? Its just sex.
I dont understand why people pretend that porn is bad.

Edited by still1, May 28 2010, 8:41pm :