Wits professor receives global recognition

A Wits alumnus and visiting professor was appointed to a global panel of legal experts who focus on defending media freedom, in London, UK on 11 July.

Dario Milo, partner at law firm Webber Wentzel, is one of 15 global legal experts chosen to examine legal and policy initiatives that countries can adopt to improve media freedom.

Milo told Wits Vuvuzela it was “a great honour” to have been appointed.

“It means that media freedom developments in South Africa have global significance,” added the professor.

The Global Media Freedom Initiative’s high-level panel of legal experts will sit for 2019-20 and aims to promote best practice and model legislation to protect a vibrant free Press.

“I hope my appointment will create awareness in South Africa of the need to stay vigilant on media freedom,” Milo said.

He told Wits Vuvuzela he hopes his appointment will create awareness in South Africa around the importance of media freedom.

“We have had major victories for the media on all aspects of media freedom including open justice, access to info, fake news, defamation, defeating prior restraints and a case at BCCSA and the Press Council,” said Milo.

Human rights lawyer Catherine Anite, from Uganda, is a legal expert who was also appointed to the Global Media Freedom Initiative’s high-level panel in London.

“In Africa especially, there is an alarming threat to media and Press rights in several countries, largely attributed to the media’s role of criticising leadership and exposing rights violations and ills such as corruption,” said Anite.

The Global Media Freedom Initiative’s panel of legal experts is currently working on various projects and timelines for projects.

FEATURED IMAGE: Members of the Global Media Freedom Initiative’s High-Level Panel of Legal Experts at the Global Conference for Media Freedom: London 2019. Photo: Provided.