Media houses take signal jamming issue to court

Primedia, Media 24, Sanef and R2K Media are challenging Parliament's jamming of cellphone signals in court.

FILE: The Western Cape High Court. Picture: Chanel September/EWN.

Primedia Broadcasting has been joined by Media 24, the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) and the Right2Know Campaign (R2K).

They're asking the court to force National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete to ensure there won't be a repeat of Thursday night's telecommunications blackout.

Journalists started chanting 'bring back the signal' when they realised they couldn't send any information out from their devices.

The media houses also want assurances that both visual and audio feeds from Parliament will not be cut when sittings become dramatic.

The R2K's Murray Hunter says, "Really, we're asking for the public and journalists to have peace of mind that we won't see those disruptions to the flow of information from Parliament again."

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