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November 10, 2004
The Access to Information
and Protection of Privacy Amendment Bill 2004 was passed by Parliament
on 9 November 2004.
Clause 3 of the Bill, which criminalizes practice by unaccredited journalists
by a fine not exceeding level seven or imprisonment for a period not exceeding
two years or both.
Clause 2 of the bill
seeks to amend Section 40 (2), which requires some members of the board
of the Media and Information Commission to be appointed from nominees
of an association of media houses.
Clause 4 amends paragraph
4 of the fourth schedule (providing for the dismissal or suspension of
members of the commission) so as to provide for the appointment of an
Independent disciplinary Committee.
The Bill was passed
amid heated debate from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change
legislators who felt the Bill would serve to curtail freedom of expression.
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