Gambia Passes Law That Gives Internet Activists 15 Year Jail Terms

from the a-bit-sensitive,-are-we? dept

Apparently, the government of Gambia is a bit sensitive to those darn people on the internet criticizing their actions. They've just ratified a new law that will give 15 year jail sentences to anyone who uses the internet to spread "false news," (there's also a fine that's about $100,000 USD) though as the title of the linked article notes, the real target is internet activists. "False news," apparently, is anything that the country's government officials don't like. The previous rule had been a possible 6 month jail term and ~$17 USD fine. Evidently that wasn't enough to shut up pesky government critics online. Of course, all a move like this really does is signal to the world that the Gambian government is really freaking scared of its own public.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jul 2013 @ 7:51am

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    You're not banned from posting hyperlinks, jackass. You're just being prevented from posting hot phrases that you post on purpose to get a rise out of people, and triggered the spam filter one too many times.

    Abuse your privileges and you get your binky taken away. Aw, too damn sad. I guess now you aren't mimicking a barnyard your wife won't put out anymore.

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