NATIONAL NEWS - Media24 and former Huisgenoot editor Esmare Weideman have to pay R75,000 in fines for publishing an article alleging sexual abuse against Afrikaans singer Jurie Els, according to a report on Thursday.
The High Court in Cape Town made the ruling on Wednesday, after Weideman and Media24 were found guilty of contempt of court in the Supreme Court of Appeal last year.
In February 2008 Huisgenoot published an article about Els, in which the singer Robbie Klay claimed he was molested by him. Els's name was not mentioned in the article, but he was named in the magazine's editorial.
Weideman has to pay a fine of R15,000 and Media24 R60,000, the high court ruled.
Judge Daniel Dlodlo said in his ruling that the independence of the media was a cornerstone of democracy, and that the courts would always protect and support media freedom.
Els has been aquitted on charges of molesting Klay.
Source : Sapa