IPI Criticises SA Over Media Freedom

The International Press Institute has come to the defence of media freedom in South Africa

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, publishers and journalists, has come to the defence of media freedom in South Africa, now ranked ‘partly free’ by an international monitor.

In an open letter to President, Jacob Zuma, the IPI is urging Zuma to halt the establishment of a mooted media appeals tribunal and withdraw or amend the Protection of Information Bill.

IPI interim director, Alison Bethel-McKenzie, “We believe that plans for a government-appointed Media Appeals Tribunal, as well as a draft Protection of Information Bill, if enacted, will endanger the South Africa media and thereby threaten the people of South Africa’s right to information and rigorous political debate.”

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Source: 
The Citizen

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