Ed­i­tors fo­rum slams calls to bar re­porters

Pretoria News - - NEWS -

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

Sanef said 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 al­though dis­cus­sion of the pro­posed changes has been de­ferred to the next coun­cil meet­ing, any at­tempt to re­strict ac­cess by the me­dia to im­por­tant de­ci­sion-mak­ing that af­fected Dur­ban res­i­dents would be an in­fringe­ment on me­dia free­dom.

“There can be no doubt that the re­stric­tions con­tem­plated would be un­con­sti­tu­tional,” said San­di­son. – ANA

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