Protection of Information Bil

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cyghost (August 17, 2010, 15:31:51 PM):
I'm very happy other countries are taking an interest and making their views heard.

Thanks for the updates, mefiante.
Mefiante (August 17, 2010, 15:49:59 PM):
No problem about the updates. In my view, it’s by a huge margin the single most important socio-political issue currently facing SA’s people. If these proposals are passed, the longer-term ramifications are deeply frightening. Judging by their repeated calls for more control over the media (as in, “Who watches the watchers?”), the ANC’s pundits for this insanity are either genuinely or, what is more likely, deliberately naïve about how self-regulation in the media actually works. The media, contrary to the implications of the ANC’s ignorant baying, are not one homogeneous herd, with all individuals migrating in the same direction.

'Luthon64
Mefiante (August 18, 2010, 13:20:59 PM):
South African constitutional law expert Prof. Pierre de Vos is prepared to bet his salary that the proposed Protection of Information Bill won’t, in its present form, stand up to muster by the ConCourt.

'Luthon64
GCG (August 18, 2010, 13:34:08 PM):
heard that on the news as well. question is, how long will it take before the constitutional court changing and fighting over the inns and outs, how much other shite will go down while there is a muzzle on the press?
Mefiante (August 18, 2010, 14:25:34 PM):
question is, how long will it take before the constitutional court changing and fighting over the inns and outs, how much other shite will go down while there is a muzzle on the press?
A few months I’d imagine, given the urgency and seriousness of the issue. Assuming that the proposed bill is passed (and there’s a good chance that it will, what with the ANC’s full weight behind it), what then needs to happen is that a story is put forward for publication that runs afoul of the Act’s provisions and which the ruling mob attempts to suppress, based on those provisions. A test case in the form of a challenge for relief by the would-be publisher will subsequently need to proceed through various levels of the court hierarchy, the lower levels of which must reject the would-be publisher’s case until it ultimately ends up before the ConCourt where the foundation of the enacted law itself can be attacked on the grounds of being unconstitutional and/or redundant in the light of existing legislation and mechanisms.

'Luthon64

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