n South African Journal on Human Rights - The protection of personal information in broadcasting : the effect of the Protection of Personal Information Bill on freedom of expression

Volume 27, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0258-7203



Section 16 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 entrenches the right to freedom of expression as a fundamental right. In particular, s 16(1) provides that everyone has the right to freedom of expression, including the freedom of the press and other media, as well as the freedom to receive or impart information. As Daniel Malan and Livia Dyer argue, 'the term "other media" embraces the electronic media, such as radio and television, and the Constitution does not distinguish between the press and other media'. Although no direct reference is made to the broadcast media, 'freedom of expression will have special relevance in the context of broadcasting'.

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