Media freedom no excuse for 'shoddy journalism'

Media law expert Dario Milo said media freedom should never be used for shoddy journalism.

The South African National Editors' Forum is calling for the country's media freedom.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) on Friday called for restrictive media laws to be repealed, in commemoration of 'Black Wednesday'.

Media law expert Dario Milo warned that media freedom still faces a number of threats.

Milo said the Protection of State Information Bill, known as the secrecy bill, remains a threat even though courts recently made rulings in favour of media freedom, pending legislation.

He was delivering the keynote address at Sanef's commemoration of 'Black Wednesday' at Wits University in Johannesburg.

On 19 October 1977, several media organisations were banned under apartheid.

Milo, however, warned that media freedom should never be used as an excuse for shoddy journalism.

Sanef is due to meet with Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe for an annual meeting in Magaliesburg later on Friday.