Under pressure Zambia shelves cybercrime Bills

Zambia’s government has withdrawn two controversial cybercrime Bills due to persistent pressure from critics who say the legislation will negatively impact the use of online platforms to seek, receive and share information.
 
According to a senior government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the government has shelved the Bills because of resistance from stakeholders, including opposition political parties, who have complained over the lack of engagement over drafting of the legislation.
 
The official confirmed that the Cyber Security and Cyber Crime Bill as well as the Data Protection Bill have been withdrawn, although this has not yet been official announced by the government.
 
The official said: “I can confirm to you that because of pressure, the government has withdrawn the Bills and so far, it’s not clear what the way forward is with regard to internet and social media regulation that the government really wants. The government seems to have been defeated by citizens on the Bills.”
 
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