Cape Town paper seeks to halt warrant

2013-03-28 13:18
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Cape Town - The Daily Voice newspaper has launched an urgent application in the Western Cape High Court to have a search warrant suspended, according to a report on Thursday.

The Cape Argus reported that police entered the Daily Voice's newsroom on Wednesday morning with the warrant, threatening to remove computers and reporters' cellphones.

This information was revealed in court papers by Independent Newspapers' attorney Jacques Louw, who received a call from Daily Voice editor Shane Doran.

"The execution of this warrant would have effectively shut down the newspaper," Doran said.

The warrant followed an article published in the newspaper earlier this month about two pupils having sex in a classroom and making an amateur video of the act.

Louw said the act between the pupils was reported to the school principal and a case was opened with the police.

"The information relating to the article came to the attention of the Daily Voice after a tip-off from a source who wishes her anonymity protected," he said.

According to the report, police would have until 4 April to show cause as to why the suspension order should not be granted.

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