R2K is dismayed at reported comments of the Minister of State Security, praising the ‘Secrecy Bill’ and recommitting government to its anti-democratic provisions. City Press quotes the Minister as saying, “I know that when I came in, they were holding the bill back… It’s a good law. I’ve read it.” It has now been 544 […]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. Despite gathering dust on the President’s desk since November 2013, in R2K’s analysis, it remains a deep threat to the free flow of information.
- Download the final version of Secrecy Bill.
- See our plain-language update of what’s STILL wrong with the Secrecy Bill (Sept 2014).
- See how the final version of the Secrecy Bill fails the 7-Point Freedom Test (Nov 2012).
- Download R2K’s Parliamentary submission on the Secrecy Bill (March 2012).
- View more resources.
R2K notes the announcement that Al Jazeera News and the Guardian newspaper will publish a series of reports drawn from leaked documents that detail backroom dealings and discussions between various intelligence agencies across the world, including South Africa’s State Security Agency. The source of these documents appears to be a digital leak to Al Jazeera […]Read more »
The Right2Know Campaign is saddened by the sudden death of Andre Brink, one of South Africa’s great literary figures. We will always remember Brink’s contribution to the fight against the draconian Secrecy Bill. At a historic R2K march to Parliament Brink delivered a petition against the secrecy bill signed by a wide range of writers […]Read more »
On Saturday 25th October 2014, the Right2Know Gauteng will be hosting a public dialogue entitled, ‘How Secrecy Affects Our Lives’ in Meadowlands Zone 3, Soweto. South Africa is facing a crisis of secrecy. Whether as applied to the arms deal, Nkandla, the proposed nuclear build programme, e-tolls, political party funding, the profits of mining companies, […]Read more »
President Zuma must Scrap the Secrecy Bill this Sunday: International Right to Know Day On International Right to Know Day, this Sunday 28 September, the Secrecy Bill will have been sitting on President Zuma’s desk for 316 days. The Right2Know Campaign calls on the President to mark International Right to Know Day by refusing to […]Read more »