South African Act could censor librarians, writers, artists

Proposed amendments to the Film and Publications Act of 1996 could have severe censorship consequences for librarians, writers, artists, academics and those in the publishing industry.

Freedom of Expression Director Jane Duncan announced this at the World Library and Information Congress in Durban on Wednesday.

Duncan said that these sectors could be subjected to the same sort of prepublication censorship that the media and the South African National Editors’ Forum were opposing.