2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


LIVE BROADCASTING OF CRICKET INQUIRY

STATEMENT ISSUED BY CEDRIC FROLICK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR SPORT

The UDM supports Judge King in his original decision not to allow live broadcasts of the Cricket Inquiry. The interests of the public and the constitutional right to freedom of speech are already served by the presence of a large and representative media contingent that have unrestricted access to the proceedings.

The question is thus not one of public interest or freedom of speech, but rather whether allowing live broadcasts of the hearings will significantly improve these objectives. The UDM argues that it would not, and in addition, that it places undue pressure on witnesses, thereby having a direct impact on the outcome of the hearings.

The public interest remains primarily to get to the bottom of match-fixing in cricket so that we can reform the sport, and not to create a media circus out of this scandal. If the latter were to happen the first casualties will be truth and reform.

Enquiries:
Cedric Frolick, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Sport

Cape Town
19 June 2000