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Adriaan Basson | Zuma vs Maughan: Media freedom goes on trial

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Private prosecutor | Former president Jacob Zuma will attempt to prosecute and imprison News24 journalist Karyn Maughan in the Pietermaritzburg High Court.
Private prosecutor | Former president Jacob Zuma will attempt to prosecute and imprison News24 journalist Karyn Maughan in the Pietermaritzburg High Court.
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The private prosecution against Karyn Maughan and News24 is a full-blown attack on media freedom by the country's former president to divert attention from his own troubles, writes Adriaan Basson.

On Monday morning, Jacob Zuma, the country's former democratically-elected-president-turned-convict, will initiate proceedings in the Pietermaritzburg High Court to imprison News24 journalist Karyn Maughan for diligently doing her job.

Maughan will appear in the dock of a criminal court alongside advocate Billy Downer, veteran prosecutor of Zuma's corruption case, after the State had refused to prosecute Downer for what Zuma believes was collusion between the two.

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