Information Bill Unconstitutional – Lawmakers

Lawmakers warn again that the Protection of Information Bill will not survive Constitutional Court scrutiny

Lawmakers have warned again that the Protection of Information Bill will not survive Constitutional Court scrutiny because it rides roughshod over media freedom and the democratic values of transparency and accountability.

Dario Milo, a partner at Webber Wentzel law firm making a representation on behalf of Print Media South Africa, points out that, "The ones (clauses) I have highlighted are clearly unconstitutional and the Constitutional Court would strike them down."

Addressing the ad hoc parliamentary committee on the Bill, Milo noted that 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 public interest.

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Source: 
Independent Online

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