Sanef concerned by the Hate Crimes Bill
22 November 2016
The South African National Editors’ Forum held its council meeting on Saturday 19th November at Freedom Park in Pretoria.
Council deliberated on the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill and noted its release for public comments.
We understand and support the vision of combating racism and hate and see media practitioners as important role players in contributing to curb the scourge.
However we are concerned that the Hate Crimes Bill in its current form contains parts that are too broad, and may encroach on media and artistic freedom, and the public's right to access information. In particular we are worried about impact on Artistic freedom, Media analysis and critique of public figures, cartoons and other forms of political satire.