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Punishment… for unauthorized weather forecasts!

The South African Weather Services Amendment Bill will see citizens issuing any “severe weather or pollution-related warning” without written permission from the South African Weather Service, facing a multi-million rand fine and a possible 10 years imprisonment. (M&G)

Hmmm… I recognize that if citizens raise false alarms about severe weather, this can be a costly public bad… but why must the various arms of the South African state keep toying with instruments of information control? Seriously, fines or jail for unauthorized weather reports!?

About Evan Lieberman

I am a Professor of Political Science at MIT, and I conduct research, write, and teach about development, ethnic politics, and research methods.


5 thoughts on “Punishment… for unauthorized weather forecasts!

  1. And we all know that in 2012 the world will end anyway: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2012/01/01/2012-warning/

    Posted by Andreas Moser | January 12, 2012, 4:49 pm


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