DTA of Namibia says some parts of Electronic Communication and Cyber Crime Bill will prevent citizens from exercising their democratic rights (The Namibia Press Agency)

The DTA of Namibia says some parts of the Electronic Communication and Cyber Crime Bill will prevent citizens from exercising their democratic rights.

Speaking at a media briefing yesterday, DTA of Namibia acting Secretary-General, Elma Dienda said the party has noted that primary reason for the Bill, which is heading to the National Assembly for discussion, is to prevent citizens from criticising institutions with poor public service delivery records.

The Bill is aimed to regulate and control social media and social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

It also seeks to allow the victims of instances where insensitive content is posted recourse against those suspected of posting the insensitive visuals or audio.

Dienda said regulation is an essential part of governance and the maintenance of law and order in any society.

She argued that if any ministry, parastatal or senior executive at the helm of such an institution performs their tasks and renders good service, and then there would not be any need for criticism.

The DTA Secretary-General noted that the rights to information and freedom of expression are critical, particularly the right to information, which enables people to exercise all other rights.