The Anti-Terrorism Act (2002)

Enacted at the peak of global efforts and debates on how to combat terrorism. Section 9 (1) criminalizes the publication and dissemination of news materials ‘that promote terrorism’, an expression that is obscurely defined and is predisposed to misuse and exploitation by the echelons of power. Further chillingly though, the Act provides that journalists’ material can be subjected to terrorism investigations and cannot profit from exclusion/immunity. This offends journalism and its attendant ideas of confidentiality and fortification of sources.