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 @ 8:44am

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    I hope you'll make a similar move and stop censoring my IP address. It's child's play to get around your block, and it just makes you look bad.

    I do appreciate you letting me post my links as well. Here's the link that Mike was blocking but is now allowing: http://pastebin.com/5VUv7utm

    I'll never understand why you block anonymizing services like Tor, VPN, proxies, etc. That seems to cut against your ethos. You were doing it before you started censoring me, and you've stepped it up a notch in trying to censor me.

    I'd ask you "what gives?" on that, but I know you won't discuss it honestly.

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