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'We need to protect the privacy of journalists and whistleblowers'

17 September 2019 10:59 AM
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Jacob Zuma
Rica
Sam Sole
amaBhungane
rica law
Digital rights researcher Murray Hunter explains the implication of the Rica judgement and how it affects ordinary citizens.

Parts of the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information (Rica) Act are unlawful the South Gauteng High Court on Monday found.

In 2017, media group amaBhungane filed an application in the high court to challenge the constitutionality of the act.

Investigative journalist Sam Sole’s communications were targeted by state surveillance while he was reporting on the corruption investigation against former president Jacob Zuma.

Digital rights researcher Murray Hunter explains why people had to Rica their sim cards.

Rica was really implemented to regulate how and when the government and law enforcement agencies could intercept someones' communication but that power has been abused.

Murray Hunter, Researcher - Digital rights

RELATED: Rica Act's surveillance laws unconstitutional, court finds

Everyone has something to hide, he says.

Everyone has something that they wouldn't want to speak about and it is understandable.

Murray Hunter, Researcher - Digital rights

Even if you are involved in completely normal activities your information does become available through the course of digital interaction.

Murray Hunter, Researcher - Digital rights

There are people in society that we need to protect in order for a greater public good, for example journalists and whistleblowers.

Murray Hunter, Researcher - Digital rights

Listen to the full interview below...


17 September 2019 10:59 AM
Tags:
Jacob Zuma
Rica
Sam Sole
amaBhungane
rica law

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