What We Do
What is R2K?
While the Right2Know Campaign launched in August 2010 as an coalition of organisations and people responding to the Protection of State Information Bill (the Secrecy Bill), the Campaign quickly broadened its scope to tackle related issues.
The Secrecy Bill is a symptom and symbol of much broader obstacles to the free flow of information. These are not merely the rights of journalists or the privileges of an economic elite: free expression and access to information are the building blocks of an accountable democracy that is able to deliver on the basic needs of its people.
In keeping with this commitment, the Right2Know Campaign now mobilises on four legs:
- Stop Secrecy: Ongoing mobilisation and advocacy against secrecy in law and practice – including the Secrecy Bill, and lingering apartheid secrecy laws such as the National Key Points Act
- InfoAccessNow!: Supporting communities and groups in our coalition to access existing information that is critical to their broader struggles for social justice
- Media freedom for All: Promoting a free and diverse media sector by monitoring and responding to legislative developments, educating and organising activist organisations on the ground on these issues, and advocating for more support for community media organisations
- Justice for Whistleblowers: Linking whistleblowers to appropriate partner organisations for legal support and advocacy.
Who is R2K?
The Right2Know Campaign is a coalition of many rather than a single organisation. We current operate through four provincial working groups — in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape — as well as an elected national committee made up of representatives from key civil society organisations, community groups and social movements from across our provincial support bases.
The R2K National Working Group, 2014/15
- Vinayak Bhardwaj
- Carina Conradie
- Meshack Mbangula
- Dale T. McKinley
- Nkosingiphile Mpanza
- Roegshanda Pascoe
- Julie Reid
- Nomvula Sikakane
- Alison Tilley
- Hennie Van Vuuren
- Khaya Xintolo
Ex officio (R2K staff): Mark Weinberg, Janine Julisen, Pupa Fumba, Joanne Adams, Bongani Xezwi