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Media freedoms and the constitution in South Africa

Professor Pierre de Vos, South African constitutional law expert, in conversation with Tony Curzon Price on the Information Bill; the ANC is a complex coalition that will ultimately act in a trustworthy way with freedom of the press
Tony Curzon Price
Pierre de Vos Tony Curzon Price
31 August 2010
Pierre de Vos explains the constitutional position of freedom of expression in South Africa and the role of the press as a counterveiling power in a “dominant party democracy”. He thinks that the Bill will not pass in its current form, that the constitutional court is a strong and independent power, that there are important forces within the ANC who understand the importance of a strong and independent press - for the good of the ANC’s legitimacy as much as anything else.


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