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 »
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.
The following piece appeared in the Mail&Guardian: When Kebby Maphatsoe, the deputy defence minister, made his (now retracted) accusation that the public protector is an agent of the CIA, it was only the latest in a number of recent events that saw members of the security cluster shouldering their way into democratic spaces. A few […]Read more »
Despite gathering dust on the President’s desk for the past year, the Secrecy Bill remains a threat to the right to know and should be scrapped The Protection of State Information Bill (the Secrecy Bill) now awaits the President’s signature. Despite over a hundred minor and major tweaks spanning over thirty drafts, if signed, the […]Read more »
Introducing R2K’s 2014 Secret State of the Nation Report Today the Right2Know Campaign releases its 2014 ‘Secret State of the Nation’ report, a snapshot study of trends, patterns and challenges with secrecy in South Africa. The report’s key findings include signs of abuse of secrecy and continued securitisation of some parts of the state: Increasing […]Read more »