Reports of a cellphone 'jammer' in Parliament

2015-02-12 18:15
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Cape Town – Journalists covering the State of the Nation address in Parliament on Cape Town could be left without a lifeline as rumours of “signal jammers” have been making their rounds.

Beeld editor Adriaan Basson tweeted: “All cellphone signals scrambled inside National Assembly. Media not able to tweet or report on #Sona2015. Sad day for media freedom.”

As MPs file into Parliament, more journalists are reporting a loss of cellphone signal.

Basson also reported that Parliament spokesperson Luzuko Jacobs had reportedly said he was unaware of the cellphone scrambling and would investigate.

Yusuf Abramjee tweeted: “Let's all express our disgust- the cellphone signal in Parliament has been scrambled. Demand free speech.”

Ranjeni Munusamy pleaded: “Please help us Sanef, FX, R2Kcampaign. There's a jamming device in the parly chamber next to media bay. We can't work at Sona 2015.”

The South African National Editor’s Forum said they were disgusted by the decision to cut off all communication signals from around the National Assembly chamber.

Sanef tweeted: “The effect of the signal cut-off is that journalists won't be able to file stories and pictures from tonight's [Thursday].

“This action has resulted in Parliament being an island, divorced from the people it represents.”

Sanef called on Parliamentary officials and the Presidency to urgently review the decision to cut off cellphone signal in the chamber.

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