Case Law, South Africa: amaBhungane Centre v Minister of Justice, Landmark ruling impresses even ultimate whistle-blower Edward Snowden – Dario Milo

21 09 2019

The South African High Court judgment in the case of amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism  v Minister of Justice and Correctional Services [2019] ZAGPPHC 384 is a victory for privacy rights. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, South Africa: Manuel v Economic Freedom Fighters, The legal consequences of fake news – Dario Milo

6 06 2019

“Fake news” – a term ironically made popular by Donald Trump – is a real problem for our democracy.  This is not news which the publisher reasonably believes to be true because, for example, steps have been taken to verify the information. Read the rest of this entry »





How African governments use advertising as a weapon against media freedom – George Ogola

23 04 2017

National governments remain the single largest source of revenue for news organisations in Africa. In Rwanda, for example, a staggering 85-90% of advertising revenue comes from the public sector. The Conversation Read the rest of this entry »





Media freedom has come a long way in Africa, but it’s still precarious – Tawana Kupe

5 05 2016

image-20160428-28061-vwfzm1Reporters Without Borders’ latest World Press Freedom Index shows two interesting things. Namibia, ranked number 17, has the most improved press freedom environment in the world. And Africa, with the exception of North Africa, came second in rankings on the most improved media environment since 2015. Read the rest of this entry »





South Africa: Review of 2015, Sanral and SAA cases gave weight to media freedom – Dario Milo

14 01 2016

South AfricaLAST year was in some respects an annus horribilis for our young democracy. It began with the State of the Nation controversy in February, when members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) were removed forcibly from Parliament for persisting in asking when President Jacob Zuma would pay back the state funds spent on upgrading his homestead at Nkandla. Read the rest of this entry »





Media feel pressure as divisions widen on the role of journalists in South Africa – Lesley Cowling

22 10 2015

Top balck journalists John Qwelane (R) and Thami Mazwai are sworn in before theTruth and Reconciliation Commission's special hearing on media at the South African Brocasting Corparation (SABC) in Johannesburg September 17. The two accused mainstream English newspapers of colluding with the apartheid state between 1960 and 1994. SAFRICA TRUTH - RTRTYHA

This month marks the 38th anniversary of the clampdown on the press and the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa. The day is known as Black Wednesday and is also commemorated as National Press Freedom Day.
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South Africa: The case against criminal defamation – Dario Milo

29 09 2015

Case against Criminal DefamationThe ANC has dropped a welcome bombshell, saying the law has a chilling effect on free speech. One of the most significant events in the recent South African history of free speech and media law happened last Saturday at a workshop on criminal defamation, arranged by the ANC’s legal research group. Read the rest of this entry »





South Africa: 2014, a bumper year for media law – Dario Milo

29 01 2015

Oscar Pistorius trial2014 was an important year for the media. The South African courts handed down a number of significant rulings – some good, some bad, and some ugly. I’ll discuss some of the most important cases here. Read the rest of this entry »





Is there room for a ‘right to be forgotten’ in South Africa? – Dario Milo and Avani Singh

17 06 2014

data-protection-and-cyberThe recent European Court of Justice ruling (available here) that effectively granted a Spanish national ‘a right to be forgotten’ has caused much stir as we wait to see precisely what implications this decision will have.  As expected, Google has reportedly received a flood of requests from people seeking to have their information removed from the Google search engine, including politicians, public figures and persons with criminal records. Read the rest of this entry »





South Africa: Media Freedom, looking backward, looking forward – Dario Milo

26 01 2014

Dario-MiloLast year was a busy year for the media in South Africa. There have again been a number of court decisions that have given the media the breathing space it needs to function in our democracy. Read the rest of this entry »