Who is the ANC led government trying to fool here? Is this tribunal a go back to the Apatheid period?
look at this brief.
The press commission was set up in 1950. It sat for eleven years as an intimidating inquisition. Its charge included the concentration of control of the press and its effect on the editorial opinion and comment and media presentation. The press had been served a notice that it activities were under scrutiny and was warned to watch its steps. This sound like and look like the direction which ANC is going with its proposal of a Media tribunal.
By 1954, Strydom regarded the English press as the enemy of the government. But at the same time, the government remained relatively unfettered by the negative reporting about Africans. Apartheid had in fact suppressed authentic African politics, which were really the politics of opposition. This suppression systematically affected both institutions and the press.
application of the Suppression of Communism Act. This Act prohibited newspapers from quoting the utterances, past of contemporaneous, of any person place under a special restriction called the "Banning Order". Similarly, newspapers could not publish anything deemed to further the aims of any banned organization. This was the law used to ban the ANC, PAC, BCM and 37 other organizations. This made it impossible for newspapers to report authentically to report on African politics for over 20 years.
Slowly the net tightened. Defense matters were placed out of bounds, except when publications were authorized by the Defense authorities themselves. The Official Secrets Act was tightened under the title of "The Protection of Information Act"(The ANC is using the same terms and ACt to create a media tribunal).