I have read Communications Law with admiration for its comprehensive nature. Once again, the
importance of freedom of expression as a fundamental right and the right to information have struck me
with nothing less than awe – awe for the potential of misunderstanding its very essence and its being a
core element of our new democracy. Except for chapter 18 of part III, which was written in regard to the
social media by De Beer and Sadleir, the book is that of Burns – who can justifiably be referred to as our
most eminent author in this field. As a professor in media law at UNISA she kept this subject more than
alive when the torch was handed to her by the eminent Prof SA Strauss, who sadly passed away in 2016.