Sanef prepared to go to court

2010-08-04 11:24

The SA National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) crafted a plan of action

today to fight attempts by the ruling ANC to regulate the media, which included

a proposed tribunal and the introduction of the Protection of Information

Bill.

Sanef media freedom expert Raymond Louw said: “I think one should

look at the climate in which this bill has been brought in.

It becomes a

horrifying list of repressive acts against the media by the government.

This

poses all kinds of horrors in the gathering of information.”

Sanef chairperson Mondli Makhanya said there was a “mobilisation

against the media”, not only on a political level but also among communities on

the ground.

He warned it was likely that the ANC government would institute a

media appeals tribunal for print media through Parliament by the end of the

year.

Several editors and journalists suggested a “multi-pronged

approach” against this, which included “broad engagement” with those within the

ANC, civic organisations, non-governmental organisations and the Congress of SA

Trade Unions.

A committee was formed to discuss more ways on how to deal with the

situation.

But, if all else failed, Sanef would take the fight to court, said

Makhanya.

“We will resort to the courts, to the highest courts,” he said.

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