Gupta-linked website shut down: report

Edit: The original article implied that ISPA shut the website down, however the body has since clarified that it does not shut down sites, but rather forwards the notices to site hosts.

The Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA) has issued a take-down notice to the hosts of a website linked to the Black First Land First lobby group and the controversial Gupta family for inciting hatred.

According to a report by TimesLive, the website www.blackopinion.co.za, was taken down after petitioning by Martin Peake, a UK citizen who grew up in South Africa. The website reportedly featured a number of stories attacking “white monopoly capital” and calling the South African National Editors’ Forum members racist.

Upon investigation, Peake found that the website had been registered by Black First Land First member Yerushka Chetty, with her name, number, e-mail address and physical address linked to the site.

On Thursday Peake complained to the association as he felt the website was inciting “racial hatred” and by Friday the association confirmed via e-mail that site was temporarily suspended.

According to ISPA guidelines, it would fully reinstate the website following the removal remove of all “unlawful” content.

Black First Land First has faced heavy criticism for their attacks on journalists over the past few weeks, culminating in the group facing a court order preventing the harassment and intimidation of journalists in the country.


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