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South Africa’s Jacob Zuma is taking a top reporter to court. The verdict could affect journalists’ rights

South Africa’s Jacob Zuma is taking a top reporter to court. The verdict could affect journalists’ rights

SOUTH African journalism organisations this week rallied around well-known journalist Karyn Maughan when former president Jacob Zuma initiated a private prosecution against her. Zuma faces 16 counts of corruption for taking a monthly payment of US$34,000 from French arms firm Thales while he was deputy president from 1999 and later president from 2009 to 2018. Thales was involved in South Africa’s massive arms purchase deal during that period. Author ANTON HARBER, Caxton Professor of Journalism, University of the Witwatersrand Zuma had originally laid charges against the prosecutor in his corruption case, Billy Downer, for giving a medical certificate from the…
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