Saturday, January 23, 2010

State refuses to withdraw subpoenas against journalists

By Khanyisa Tabata
23 January 2010



E.tv says the State has refused to withdraw subpoenas against two of the channel's journalists.

Group news editor Ben Said and reporter Mpho Lakaje will appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Monday, should e.tv not hand over information about an interview with two suspected criminals who threatened to commit crimes during the Soccer World Cup.

Police have arrested one of the suspects.

Meanwhile The Professional Journalists Association has opposed the police attempts to force e.tv to hand over footage of two suspected criminals.

Spokesperson Raymond Joseph is quoted as saying it was the duty of journalists to protect the identity of their sources, despite the possible consequences.

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