With the current furore around the ANC’s determination to stop the media from reporting on its many failures in government, something rather strange happened the other day. I read an article (which I can’t find right now) in which the author argued that the establishment of a media appeals tribunal is contrary to South Africa’s freedom charter. Out of curiosity, I decided to check the ANC’s web site for that revered document to see if the author was right. He (or she) was; Here’s the relevant passage:

The law shall guarantee to all their right to speak, to organise, to meet together, to publish, to preach, to worship and to educate their children;

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