SA judge censors story about crooked cops

 

Sunday Independent gagged by judge Ephriaim Makgoba – forbidden to reveal facts about  nepotism amongst top ANC-politicians…

Tamas S. Kiss  writes in the Budapest Report: Saturday, October 30th, 2010 – South Africa’s minister of police, its national commissioner and its divisional commissioner of crime intelligence have reportedly convinced the nation’s high court late Friday (29 Oct 2010) to stop the Sunday Independent newspaper from publishing information about dodgy appointments within the crime intelligence division, the periodical announced in a statement late Saturday (30 Oct 2010).CensorshipSA Judge bars paper from writing about crooked cops Oct302010

They added that it allegedly took the allegedly biased judge Ephriaim Makgoba “minutes” to rule on the application in the absence of the publication’s legal advisers. Under the censorship ruling the Sunday Independent has been gagged from publishing a follow-up story of alleged nepotism among top South African policemen —  under the direct influence of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party.Reportedly the publication was also ordered to submit all documents concerning the investigated police’s discrepancies and to pay the legal costs. Ironically the South African Parliament has not yet passed its planned Protection of Information Bill or Media Censorship Bill, which is currently under discussion by a committee there. It seems that the committee has not yet defined what “classified information” implies.    Budapest Report http://www.budapestreport.com/2010/10/30/south-african-court-tries-to-mum-sunday-independent-newspaper/trackback/

About Adriana Stuijt
Retired South African-Dutch journalist formerly Sunday Times Johannesburg

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