Daily Voice search warrant dropped

2013-04-04 11:41
A screengrab of the controversial sex video (Daily Vioice)

A screengrab of the controversial sex video (Daily Vioice)

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Cape Town - The State will not proceed with a warrant to search the newsroom of Cape Town newspaper Daily Voice or seize property, it was reported on Thursday.

The Daily Voice reported that eight police officers entered its newsroom last week and demanded all records and computer equipment relating to a story on two pupils filmed having sex in a classroom.

The newspaper's legal team subsequently obtained a Western Cape High Court order to suspend the warrant and the matter was withdrawn.

"This is a victory for freedom of speech and common sense," Daily Voice editor Shane Doran said.

"If the warrant was executed, this reckless and unconstitutional act could have shut down this newspaper and threatened the livelihoods of all our journalists."

Doran said the warrant had no justification in law and was a waste of taxpayers' money.

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.

The video was handed over to the provincial education department, which launched its own investigation.

According to the report, the three students had been charged under the Film and Publication Act, but a decision to prosecute had yet to be made.

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