CPJ co-signs letter to retract amendments to Mauritius’s ICT Act

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) joined more than 50 organizations and individuals in co-signing a letter calling on the government of Mauritius to retract proposed changes to the country’s Information and Communication Technologies Act, known as the ICT Act.

The proposed amendments were published in a consultation paper issued last month, which stated that the legal changes would regulate and prevent abuse on social media.

Expressing concern over the proposed amendment that requires all social media traffic in the country be decrypted, the letter said that it “unduly interferes with freedom of expression and privacy” and “pose a danger to the confidentiality of journalists’ sources.” CPJ has documented the importance of encryption for journalists to work safely around the world.

The amendment to the act would also create a new National Digital Ethics Committee with the ability to block online content, which the letter said “poses significant threats to freedom of expression, privacy, and security.”