JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- South African journalists marched Saturday in Johannesburg to protest a government plan to set up a media tribunal.
Helen Zille, leader of the Democratic Alliance, spoke at a rally outside the Constitutional Court, saying the measure is worse than the restrictions imposed by the apartheid government, the BBC reported. Zille was found guilty of "tendentious reporting" in the 1970s after she said, correctly, that Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko had not died of a hunger strike while in custody.
The government bill would set up a tribunal that would have the power to fine and even imprison journalists found guilty of inaccuracy. The bill is expected to be a major topic of discussion at next week's conference of the ruling African National Congress.