by Hendrick Bussiek
The media legislation manual provides wide coverage of recent crucial media developments. The media therefore has a central role to play in the freedom of information and freedom of expression and just like in any successful democracy, the more voices that are heard, the better. As with the purpose of law generally in a democratic society, is to enable all citizens to live a full and dignified life and exercise their rights while not violating those of others in the process, the same principle applies in the case of any legislated regulation of the media. Limitations placed on freedom of expression and the media by law are justified only to prevent violations of other rights or the rights of others. Media law must be enabling, meant to make sure that the media paint as full a picture of life in all its facets as possible - that all stories worth telling do indeed get told.
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