by Mike Masnick
Fri, Sep 17th 2010 1:02pm
While in the US there's still an ongoing debate about whether or not it's okay for people to videotape police in public, it seems like things are much worse in South Africa. Apparently, there's a guy there who's been Twittering the location of various police speed traps and roadblocks. Now, you would think such information would be perfectly legal. If you see a speed trap or a road block, and you tell someone else about it, that's just free speech reporting on factual information that you saw. Not in South Africa apparently. There, the police are trying to figure out who the guy is to arrest him, claiming that he's "obstructing or defeating justice." While I'm certainly not familiar with South African laws, that does seem to go way beyond what typical obstruction of justice laws are designed to protect.
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