MPs do not impress press

Editors have greeted "with caution" the decision by Parliament not to force newspapers, radio and television stations to submit their material to the South African classification body before publication or broadcast.

Members of parliament's watchdog home affairs committee yesterday agreed to ensure broadcast and print media would be exempt from prepublication classification in a draft law, the Film and Publications Amendment Act.

But the chairman of the South African National Editor's Forum press freedom committee, Raymond Louw, was cautiously optimistic yesterday.

He told Sowetan the decision was a "limited victory". - Waghied Misbach