On Wednesday, Webber Wentzel launched the first episode in our media law podcast series, which deals with the important principle of open justice, exceptions to the principle, and broadcasting/ streaming the courts.
I hosted two fascinating guests. The first is Advocate Andrea Johnson of the National Prosecuting Authority, who with Gerrie Nel successfully prosecuted Oscar Pistorius for murder (amongst other important prosecutions). This was the first criminal trial that was broadcast/ streamed to the public, and forms a large part of the discussion. The second guest is Franny Rabkin, leading legal journalist, Mail & Guardian associate editor, brilliant writer and expert analyst of legal issues.
You can listen to the podcast here or on Spotify or Apple Podcasts. It’s just over 30 mins – so something different to do during the national lock down.
In the next few weeks, we will drop a podcast every Wednesday. The next topics (not necessarily in order of release) include surveillance of journalists with Jane Duncan and Sam Sole; media ethics with Prof Glenda Daniels and the Press Ombudsman, Pippa Green; disinformation and defamation with William Bird; and a case study on disinformation with Thandeka Gqubule-Mbeki and Prof Anton Harber – a deep dive into their successful defamation case against the EFF (read the case here).
Hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed the recording!