Parliament says ‘no’ to degrading porn as bill goes to president

The National Assembly (NA) on Tuesday went against amendments proposed by the Department of Communications (DoC) in the Films and Publications Amendment Bill, by voting to retain prohibitions against the distribution of dehumanising and degrading pornography.

Welcoming the NA’s decision, Cause for Justice (CFJ) Executive Director and Legal Counsel, Ryan Smit said: “It serves as confirmation that constitutional freedoms – in this case ‘freedom of expression’ – may not be used to violate people’s inherent worth or human dignity.”

The bill will now go to the president, who must decide whether to assent to and sign it or send it back to the NA for reconsideration based on reservations about its constitutionality.

Despite Tuesday’s positive developments, the bill, which was introduced in 2015, still suffers from several constitutional deficiencies as well as glaring oversights, gaps and textual incongruencies, which will all result in unintended consequences and/or make it unimplementable in practice, says CFJ in a press release.

CFJ will now engage the president about its reservations about the constitutionality of the Bill.

 

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  1. It is clear that we fight not against flesh and blood, as our enemy, Satan aka The Devil, attempts to continue his destruction of this country. Unless we learn to stand on and proclaim the word of GOD over this country as a nation, we stand the chance of succumbing to the pressures of the evil one, as many other nations are doing, even at this time.