Gore slams Polye over censorship claims

Minister for Youth, Religion and Community Development Delilah Gore has denied claims by the Opposition that the Government slashed a huge chunk of Censorship funding last year.

Responding to claims made by the Opposition Leader Don Polye in the media this week, Gore said the government has done a lot for the Office of Censorship through the Department of Youth, Religion and Community Development in terms of increased funding and capacity building.

“I do not know where the Opposition Leader Don Polye got his information from. These are just mere speculation and should not be tolerated,” Gore said.

She said claims by Polye regarding prevention of surveillance of imported pornography is a slap in the face of the government and the Office of Censorship as both the office and government are working towards establishing a system called “Internet Content Filtering” to monitor and filter internet content.

Gore said the Government has increased funding for the Office from one to K3 million last year and is looking forward to working closely with the Government this year to secure more funding to implement some of its planned activities.

“The government gave the Office of Censorship financial autonomy last year with a budget and is now separated from the department unlike before,” Gore said.

Freddy Mou