South African editors are still opposing the African National Congress’ (ANC) proposed media appeals tribunal, the Protection of Information Bill and the Secrecy Act, which are currently before parliament.
Noseweek editor, Martin Welz, is of the view that there has been some informed public reaction, adding that the hesitancy of the government to establish a media appeals tribunal is a result of ‘foreign pressure’.
Meanwhile, the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa commissioner, Robin Sewlal, maintains that the civil society needs to participate in the debate. Sewlal further says the important thing to bear in mind that it is difficult to have what he calls ‘informed society’ if certain information is classified.
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