Anti-signal jamming groups granted leave to appeal

Primedia Broadcasting & other organisations challenged Parliament's policy on filming & broadcasting.

Screengrab from the 'bring back the signal' chant by the media in Parliament during State of the Nation Address 2015. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Primedia Broadcasting and several other organisations challenging Parliament's policy on filming and broadcasting have been granted leave to appeal the case at the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Earlier this year the parties took their challenge to the Western Cape High Court to have the so-called disorder clause to be declared unconstitutional.

The court bid followed the extraordinary series of events at the State of the Nation Address earlier this year where Economic Freedom Fighters Members of Parliament were forcibly removed and cellphone signals were jammed.

But three High Court judges ruled in Parliament's favour who argued that national legislature is not "the Jerry Springer Show."

The applicants attorney Dario Milo said, "There's the case where Parliament and the ministry of state security were respondent in an application to compel a change to the broadcasting policy of Parliament so that even disruptions are filmed in their entirety."