The sad truth is that we have a govt that seems intent on turning corruption into a national sport...
November 22, 2011 11:46 AM Subscribe
Today the South African parliament, dominated by the ANC, passed by a large majority a media law which will restrict and constrain independent journalism in that country. Indeed, the law seems designed to squeeze, chill or eliminate independent reporting. The state is going to be accountable to the state. [George Brock]
It's Black Tuesday in South Africa. Under the guise of guarding national interests, the Protection of Information Bill allows "the government to classify any information, including police investigations, as confidential in the name of "national interest" – a vague, all-encompassing designation that could severely limit the media and thus the public's access to information." [WAN-IFRA]. Transgressors face 25 years of jail time if convicted under the law.
The Nelson Mandela Center of Memory doesn't like it. Journalists are demonstrating. Celebrities are tweeting:
The sad truth is that we have a govt that seems intent on turning corruption into a national sport...Last month, On The Media reported on State-Owned Media In South Africa.
... And a press that for the most part seems more intent on selling newspapers than being a watch dog. [@RobVanVuuren]
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