Constitutionally speaking: Patrick Bracher hosts Rebecca Sibanda, legal assistant at the Centre for Constitutional Rights in Cape Town. As 3 May was World Press Freedom Day, she will talk about the Broadcasting Amendment Bill (B39-2015) and how it undermines media freedom.
"The Broadcasting Amendment Bill constitutes a serious blow to the freedom of expression guaranteed by section 16 of the Constitution by seriously undermining ‘the freedom of the press and other media’ and by attempting to limit the public’s ‘freedom to receive or impart information or ideas’. She adds that while the Constitution envisages a broadcasting system that operates ‘in the public interest’, the Bill will consolidate the state’s control of the media and will confirm the SABC’s role as a state broadcaster. This will be done by placing the SABC ‘firmly under the control of the Minister and the President", constituting ‘yet another step in the government’s capture of state institutions’. Join Patrick Bracher for ProBono Law on alternate Thursdays at 18h30 (GMT+2), proudly brought to you by ProBono.Org and Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa. ProBono.Org actively increasing access to justice! Radio Today (@Radio2Day) broadcasts on 1485 MW (AM) in Johannesburg and countrywide on #DStv Audio Channel 869. Radio Today also streams globally on: www.1485.org.za and 1485.mobi. Radio Today! Radio that delivers!