Posted on May 23rd, 2007 by Richard Catto 11,971 views
As you may already know, Patricia de Lille, leader of the Independent Democrats, is up in arms about some online alleged slander about Simon Grindrod, ID Caucus Leader.
Such is her wrath, that she has demanded that the South African government clamp down on "abusive" blogs.
On the ID’s web site they say that she cannot reveal the blog where this was written because they will then be spreading slander and be liable for various legal sanctions.
This is known as The Chilling Effect.
The South African Blogosphere is up in arms about de Lille’s attack on bloggers but no-one has dared to publish the url to this alleged slanderous web site. So, at the time of writing
to date, no-one has analysed what was actually written and discussed it openly in their blogs.
This is not the South Africa that I subscribe to. I demand the freedom to blog freely and without fear.
I DEMAND IT!
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