Parliament passes Secrecy Bill again, and again (and then again) Yesterday after 5pm the National Assembly adopted the Secrecy Bill, defending its constitutionality for the third time in less than a year. MPs have confirmed R2K’s fears that the President’s return of the Bill on grounds that it was unconstitutional was nothing more than an […]Read more »
Since August 2010 we’ve been mobilising against draconian clauses in the Protection of Sate Information Bill (the Secrecy Bill). Our founding statement, “Stop the Secrecy Bill! Let the Truth Be Told!” laid out a “7 Point Freedom Test” for any such law. A lot has changed in the Bill since then (see resources below and our statements from Parliament) but the Bill has now been passed by Parliament, with several deep flaws unaddressed. In R2K’s analysis, it remains a threat to the free flow of information.
- Download the final version of Secrecy Bill.
- See our plain-language analysis of the latest version of the Secrecy Bill.
- Download R2K’s Parliamentary submission on the Secrecy Bill.
- Download the pamphlet “Key Questions on the Secrecy Bill”.
- View more resources.
In mid-October the Seriti Commission of Inquiry starts its third month of hearings into the controversial R70-billion Arms Deal. The Right2Know Campaign calls for a fully transparent process to expose the alleged corruption and abuse of power linked to the Arms Deal. R2K is concerned by reports of attempts by the Seriti Commission to limit […]Read more »
The Right2Know Campaign condemns Parliament’s plan to rush the Secrecy Bill back to the President in two days. These are the facts: The President has refused to sign the Bill in its current form, saying that it is unconstitutional; Although the President made mention of two clauses, it is clear that his letter raises concerns […]Read more »
The Right2Know Campaign welcomes President Zuma’s acknowledgement that the Secrecy Bill does not pass constitutional muster. We welcome the President’s decision not to sign the Secrecy Bill and to return it to Parliament for redrafting. We call on members of Parliament to seize this opportunity to redeem themselves and redraft the Bill to bring it […]Read more »
Members of US Congress: We write as a coalition of civil society organizations from around the world to express our serious alarm regarding revelations of Internet and telephone communications surveillance of US and non-US citizens by the US government. We also wish to express our grave concern that US authorities may have made the data […]Read more »