South Africa’s ‘fragile’ freedom of expression, free flow of information, and media liberties and independence – some of the cornerstones of any society’s human rights – were further shaken this year by a series of what critics call ‘flawed’ and ‘authoritarian’ legislation and proposals. As the world commemorated International Human Rights Day on Friday, 17 December 2010, last week, Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) called on Government to uphold the spirit of the Constitution and human rights in any new legislation and statutory bodies established.