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Secrecy bill protested

Hundreds of people gathered in Kaizersgracht Street, District 6, Cape Town, to protest against the Secrecy Bill that the South African Government is planning to impose on the media. The Secrecy Bill violates the rights of the people to information and goes against the Democracy that so many fought for during the Apartheid years.

South Africans protest the Secrecy Bill in Durban through a coffin cavelcade, (the death of democracy) the mock trashing of books (loss of access to information) and the presentation of a memorandum to a government representative.

A responsive and accountable democracy that can meet the basic needs of our people is built upon transparency and the free flow of information. The gains of South Africans’ struggle for freedom are threatened by the Protection of Information Bill (the Secrecy Bill) currently before Parliament. We accept the need to replace apartheid-era secrecy legislation. However, this Bill extends the veil of secrecy in a manner reminiscent of that same apartheid past.

This Bill fundamentally undermines the struggle for whistleblower protection and access to information. (Sara Gouveia and John Robinson)

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