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South African press freedom under threat

By Intern / 6 August, 2010

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) is proposing a law which would entitle the South African government to prevent journalists investigating or publishing anything deemed to be in the national interest. The law would introduce a Media tribunal, where the government would effectively judge what the media could publish. Another section would force journalists to reveal confidential sources. Critics claim press freedom is already under threat in South Africa; recently journalist Mzilikazi wa Afrika was arrested just days after reporting on a large property deal undertaken by the  National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele. Cole had vocally attacked wa Afrika over the article.

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