The South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) has objected to a call from MPs to have their profession legally defined in order for members to be exempted from the provisions of the Protection of Personal Information Bill on the grounds that this will require registration of the media.
SANEF’s Raymond Louw argues that registering journalists opened members of the profession to the threat of being deregistered, possibly for political reasons by a censorious government.
Louw maintains that placing journalists on a register immediately poses the danger that as easily as they can be placed on a register, they can be removed from such a register and thus prevented from practicing as journalists. He further warns that such a move will constitute censorship and will contravene the Constitution.
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