Protection of Information Bil

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Mefiante (October 13, 2010, 15:40:04 PM):
Quote from: SABC News: Media Appeals Tribunal under spotlight in open debate
The proposed Media Appeals Tribunal and the Protection of Information Bill were once again under the spotlight during an open debate at the University of South Africa today. The panel concluded that self regulation is the most effective way to put restrictions on the media.

Head of the school of journalism and media studies at the University of Rhodes in Grahamstown, Professor Guy Berger, says even though it is a bad proposal, civil society can now argue against it and do not have to toyi-toyi or take up arms, like during the previous regime.

“I think it is very unlikely that these two laws, the Protection of Information Bill and then maybe the Media Tribunal law, if they come up with one, I think it is unlikely that these will succeed because the Constitution says freedom of information and it has press freedom and media freedom. So anything that can reduce those that is not in the constitution could be problematic,” says Berger.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has since said fears about the Protection of Information Bill are genuine and that the criteria for what information may be classified is too wide and needs to be narrowed to specific types of information, to address the public’s fears.

“The fear is that everything will then be classified, which would then make it more difficult for people to access information. That’s a genuine concern and should be raised as such.”

He said legislators have the right to change the bill if it is not constitutional.

The major complaint against the media’s self regulations is that it is slow in resolving cases, it has no penalties, and it prevents people from going to the courts if they are not happy with the Press Ombudsman’s verdicts.

(Note: When exactly Kgalema Motlanthe said this is unclear because the UNISA debate was not attended by any ANC delegates.)

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Elsewhere, the DA delivers a petition containing 28,710 signatures protesting against the draft legislation to President Jacob Zuma’s office at Tuynhuys.

'Luthon64
Mefiante (October 20, 2010, 13:56:57 PM):
Now they’re mooting the addition of a Protection from Harassment Bill that will in effect criminalise some of the standard work practices of journalists, and could further inhibit media freedom as a perhaps unintended consequence. There’s a clear difference between a journalist harassing politicians for answers which the public is entitled to and a stalker who haunts another person because of psychological problems or for personal gain – or, for that matter, the borderline stalking activities of telemarketers and salespeople.

Meanwhile, former Education Minister Prof. Kader Asmal has condemned the proposed media regulations as contrary to everything the 1994 ANC government stood for. (More here.)

'Luthon64
GCG (October 20, 2010, 14:15:18 PM):
the ANC is completely losing the plot. they are like the seagulls in fiding nemo. Mine! Mine! Mine!
the more they can get away with, the more fingers they want in pies. quite sad actually.
Brian (October 20, 2010, 16:23:33 PM):
the ANC is completely losing the plot. they are like the seagulls in fiding nemo. Mine! Mine! Mine!
the more they can get away with, the more fingers they want in pies. quite sad actually.
It's a control psychosis...the people (whoever they may be ???) must be protected (read 'they can't think for themselves (wtf!!)). It has been the pattern in virtually every totalitarian state; the press and freedom of association are the first targets. Watch this space! >:(
GCG (October 20, 2010, 16:30:35 PM):
sounds like my ex.... :-\

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