ANC slams Wikipedia over censorship

By Time of article published Nov 24, 2011

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The ANC feels the “censorship” done to its entry on the internet encyclopedia Wikipedia is “outright vandalism” and uncivilised, it was reported yesterday.

Certain phrases on the webpage that described information about alleged corruption within the party were blacked out.

ANC spokesman Keith Khoza told News24 online that the changes to the webpage were not consistent with a civilised society.

“How does that assist any cause or anybody to tamper with information?” he asked.

“Interfering with information undermines the very need of information providers.”

Wikipedia currently allows any internet user to edit or change its pages.

The changes made to the page were made in protest against the Protection of State Information Bill, which was approved on Tuesday.

The bill was adopted with 229 to 107 votes by the 400-member National Assembly, with two abstentions.

Civil society organisations and members of the media reacted with outrage following the passing of the “secrecy bill”, saying it was an attack on media freedom.

They promised to engage in acts of civil disobedience and go to the Constitutional Court to have a public-interest clause put into the bill. – Sapa

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