SA sides with censorship countries, says DA


File: A stamp with the writing "Censored". Wikimedia Commons/Piotr VaGla Waglowski

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance has expressed shock at South Africa’s move to vote against a UN resolution promoting Internet freedom.

Last week, UN member states voted on the resolution which affirms political commitment to protecting human rights online.

It also seeks to condemn the intentional disruption of Internet access to the public.

South Africa voted against it, together with China and Russia amongst others.

The international relations department says the resolution would allow for the validation of child pornography and other dangerous sites.

But the DA says South Africa has taken sides with countries that promote censorship.

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