Great article on Mail & Guardian Online:
My tribunal is your tribunal
LISA VAN WYK | JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – Aug 26 2010 18:39
There’s nothing new about the idea of media tribunals and censorship of the news.
In fact the poet John Milton warned about the dangers of media restrictions way back in 17th century England, describing how “debtors and delinquents may walk abroad without a keeper, but inoffensive books must not stir forth without a visible jailer in their title”. Back then all news had to be approved by the government of the day, and it looks like we may be coming full circle.
The African National Congress is sticking to their guns with their proposed media appeals tribunal (MAT), despite howls of protests from said media as well as civil society. Their case hasn’t been marked by much research though. In fact, they’ve been remarkably reticent about any precedent. Funny that. Gather around, readers, for a brief history lesson in media freedom.
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