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St Helena approves law that top judge warned against

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A law that could see journalists sent to prison for what they write or broadcast has been given final approval by St Helena’s British governor and its executive council.

It comes a year after Britain’s most senior judge warned that legal or government influence over the media’s work would be a threat to basic freedoms.

The Daily Telegraph said: “It is no coincidence that countries with the highest levels of corruption have the most tightly regulated media.”

It is not possible to represent the views of executive council members on the issue because the media is excluded from its meetings and is not allowed to see copies of agendas, reports or minutes. A comment has been invited.

A St Helena Government spokesman has previously told St Helena Online that no decision would be taken that infringed human rights law – which protects free speech.

Read more: St Helena’s media standards law: a threat to freedom?

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