South Africa: Media fear new rules on reporting

source: IOL
August 08 2010 at 09:34AM

Proposed media regulations in South Africa have raised fears that the government is trying to control news coverage, drawing comparisons to apartheid-era censorship.

The ruling African National Congress is mulling a Media Appeals Tribunal, while parliament is considering the Protection of Information Bill, which media organisations say would hamper investigative reporting.

“The tribunal raises concerns similar to those endured by media during the dark days of apartheid. We don’t want to go back there,” said Press Ombudsman Joe Thloloe.

The media tribunal, first mooted in 2007, would adjudicate complaints on media reports in a bid to make journalists legally accountable, the [continue reading]

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