Monday, July 24, 2006

New Electoral Act and Bloggers

Under a new electoral act the media will not be able to publish speculative analysis, unsourced opinion polls or predict the result before the official announcement, unless they are willing to risk a five-year jail sentence or US$2,500 fine.

"All public and private media personnel shall not broadcast their own political opinion, commentary or assessment," reads one clause of the new act passed early this year. The law also compels the media to identify the source of any published opinion poll, and the margin of error.
Source: IRIN Africa

Does this act apply to bloggers?