Following the release of the very popular open justice podcast (episode 1), you can now listen to episodes 2 and 3. Listen to all the episodes here or on Spotify or Apple.
In episode 2, I discuss disinformation and whether legal regulation is required, with William Bird of Media Monitoring Africa. This was recorded before the COVID-19 disaster declaration – we now have, of course, a crime of publishing fake news about COVID-19. See my previous blog on that crime here.
Then, in episode 3, I discuss unlawful surveillance – especially of journalists – with Sam Sole of amaBhungane, and Prof Jane Duncan, an expert in the field. You can read Sutherland J’s famous judgment in favour of amaBhungane and Sam in their challenge to RICA here and my blog on his judgment here. We eagerly await the Constitutional Court’s ruling in the confirmation application, heard on 25 February 2020. Incidentally, COVID-19 brought its own surveillance legislation – in the form of the track and trace regulations; read about them in my blog here.
Episode 4 – to be released next Wednesday – is on media ethics, with the Press Ombudsman Pippa Green, and Prof Glenda Daniels. And we end the series the following Wednesday with the final episode where my guests are Thandeka Gqubule-Mbeki and Prof Anton Harber. We take a deep dive into their defamation case against the Economic Freedom Fighters.
Hope you enjoy – and stay safe!