South Africa: Information Bill unconstitutional – lawyer

source: IOL
July 23 2010 at 12:16AM

Lawmakers were warned again on Thursday that the Protection of Information Bill would not survive Constitutional Court scrutiny because it rode roughshod over media freedom and the democratic values of transparency and accountability.

“The ones (clauses) I have highlighted are clearly unconstitutional and the Constitutional Court would strike them down,” said Dario Milo, a partner at Webber Wentzel law firm making a representation on behalf of Print Media SA.

He was addressing the ad hoc parliamentary committee on the bill during a second day of marathon hearings that saw it described as a “sledgehammer” by reporters.

Milo noted that the bill – meant to replace an apartheid-era law dating from 1982 – could see investigative journalists face up to 25 years in jail for publishing information of [continue reading]

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