The SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) has welcomed a recent Supreme Court of Appeal judgment that, it says, effectively makes the sub judice rule outdated, reports Pretoria News
"This means that recourse to this legal excuse to avoid public discussion of an issue – a favourite ploy of politicians – is no longer valid," Sanef said.
The legal term sub judice means a particular case is currently under trial, or being considered by a judge. It is often offered as a reason not to discuss a matter because it is "before the court".
"(Sanef) welcomes the judgment in favour of e.tv over an attempt by the national Director of Public Prosecutions to prohibit the broadcast of a documentary programme on the baby Jordan murder until the DPP had given his approval … Judge Robert Nugent's decision means that … the sub judice rule is outdated." – Sapa
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