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New hate speech laws planned for South Africa – including jail time for messages sent via WhatsApp

The Prevention of Hate Crime and Hate Speech bill states that a ‘hate crime’ is committed if a person commits any recognised offence motivated by prejudice or intolerance. A person commits ‘hate speech’ when they publish or share statements that clearly intend to be harmful or incite harm. However, artistic creativity or performance or espousal of religious doctrine will not qualify for the exemption from hate speech if it advocates hatred that constitutes incitement to cause harm based on any protected grounds.”