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Sanef welcomes weather bill assurances

2012-01-26 19:15

Cape Town - Editors have welcomed assurances that amendments to the SA Weather Service amendment bill would not result in the media being censored by the Weather Service.

The SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) said on Thursday the assurances came from Parliament's water and environmental affairs committee. It had made a submission to the committee this week.

Sanef argued against a clause in the bill which required anyone issuing a severe weather warning to obtain the written permission of the SA Weather Service beforehand.

On Thursday Sanef deputy chairperson Raymond Louw said: "Before Sanef presented its arguments to the committee at a hearing, committee chairperson Johnny de Lange said that the provision would be removed from the draft legislation.

"He added that other concerns of the media over other clauses which could raise problems for the media would also be addressed."

The bill would be limited to preventing people issuing false weather forecasts or trying to mislead the public with false weather information, Louw said.