26 March 2023 | 02:55 PM

Watch: Sam Sole explains amaB’s #RICAchallenge

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AmaBhungane’s constitutional challenge to SA’s surveillance law RICA is being heard at the Pretoria High Court. We started working on the matter after getting confirmation in 2017 that our Sam Sole’s communications were intercepted.

We’ll argue in court that RICA lacks the necessary safeguards to protect the public’s constitutional right to privacy, and the duty of journalists to protect their sources.
We’ll also argue for proper regulation of the state’s bulk surveillance architecture, which remains outside of any oversight framework and is wide open to abuse.

The Right2Know Campaign and Privacy International have been admitted as friends of the court. All the pleadings can be accessed via our virtual library.

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Aisha Abdool Karim

Aisha is a freelance science and health reporter. She is joining the amaB team to work on a project about water and sanitation. Aisha’s passion for long-form narrative and investigative journalism was sparked while doing her master’s degree at Columbia University in New York. After graduating in 2018, she returned to South Africa and began working as a general beat reporter for the Daily Maverick. Aisha joined the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism in 2020 to focus on science reporting. During her time there, she covered the COVID-19 pandemic extensively — from fact-checking harmful medical misinformation to unpacking the science behind vaccine development. Aisha’s special interests include analysing health systems and in-depth coverage of public health issues and infectious diseases. She also loves spreadsheets and digging through data.

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