SA’s spies reigned in by amaB
The ruling by South Africa’s Constitutional Court that the state’s security apparatus cannot be used to spy on journalists is a massive victory for free media in the country. The case, brought by investigative outfit amaBhunghane, which itself was under surveillance, stops the free-for-all spying by the police and State Security Agency, which is known for pursuing political rather than legal ends. Apparently it was “sucking up all voice and data traffic that enters and leaves South Africa and monitoring it for search terms”, which is now illegal. It’s brilliant news for South African journalists, whistleblowers and its citizens, and we thank amaB for fighting the fight on our behalf.