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How will South Africa Talk Democracy without a Free Press?

Article by Lynsey Chutel, KAS/SAIIA intern

The fate of media self-regulation in South Africa now rests with parliament. At inception, South Africa’s post-apartheid press laws and regulatory framework were moulded on international precedent established by thriving democracies such as the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Supported by the one of the world’s most liberal constitutions, South Africa seems to be failing to uphold these high standards. Will South Africa show the world that it is still committed to media freedom, which is threathened by the proposed Protection of Information Bill (POI) and Media Appeals Tribunal (MAT)?

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