A South African law would make hate speech punishable by jail time

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28 March 2019, LA Times, Krista Mahr

William Bird, who heads Media Monitoring Africa, a group that promotes ethical journalism, said that the government should do more to stop racist speech.

But he also that has expressed concern that the law could be used to limit press freedoms.

“Are you going to stop racists from being racist and sexist by criminalizing them?” he said. “It doesn’t stop people. The bigger focus needs to be how to prevent them. How do we combat those things in society?”

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