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July 12, 2006

RSF Writes Open Letter to Jacob Zuma

The press advocacy group Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) has weighed in on on former high-ranking South African official Jacob Zuma's barrage of defamation lawsuits against various press outlets including the cartoonist Zapiro, by writing an open letter to Zuma and releasing its content to the world press. Basically, RSF warns Zuma that if successful, his suit could lead to a blank cheque for authoritarian regimes to use their country's courts to control and manipulate what should ideally be an independent, empowered press. RSF further argued that any move in South Africa would trigger similar moves across the region in which the nation sits.
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