Sanef calls on eThek­wini coun­cil to end meet­ing news clam­p­down

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THE SA Na­tional Ed­i­tors’ Fo­rum (Sanef) yes­ter­day called on the eThek­wini Coun­cil to drop the pro­posed new rules of or­der which may see jour­nal­ists barred from cer­tain meet­ings.

Sanef said in a state­ment it was con­cerned about the coun­cil’s plans to in­tro­duce new rules of or­der which would deny ac­cess by re­porters to some meet­ings. Sanef KwaZulu-Natal con­vener Judy San­di­son said: “There can be no doubt that the re­stric­tions con­tem­plated would be un­con­sti­tu­tional which would re­sult in the coun­cil act­ing il­le­gally.”

She said the coun­cil al­ready had the right to re­strict ac­cess in cer­tain ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances and that fur­ther re­stric­tions would have the re­sult of re­duc­ing the pub­lic’s right to know about de­ci­sions and in­for­ma­tion that af­fected their lives. – ANA

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