Equal Education and Social Justice Coalition CONDEMN ‘Protection of Information Bill’ AND CALL FOR IT to be REVISED1. Equal Education and the Social Justice Coalition are gravely concerned about the draft Protection of Information Bill (“POIB”) currently being debated in Parliament. As non-governmental community-based organisations working in an open and democratic society, one of our […]
The Right2Know campaign is saddened by the death of Kader Asmal, and wishes to express its condolences to Asmal’s family, friends and those who worked alongside him during South Africa’s struggle for liberation. We recognise the immensely important role that Asmal played in drafting the Constitution, and his championing of these values through his efforts […]
The Right2Know campaign welcomes the announcement that the ANC Parliamentary caucus intends to extend the deadline on the Protection of Information Bill to 23 September 2011. It is clear that mounting public pressure has forced those behind the Bill to revise their position. What remains to be seen is whether this extension will be coupled […]
PRESS STATEMENT from Gauteng R2K Campaign PICKET AT MINISTRY OF STATE SECURITY ON FRIDAY 24th JUNE FROM 11H00-13H00 All media are invited to join the Right2Know campaign at a picket outside the offices of the Ministry of State Security, at the Bogare building (corner of Atterbury Road and Louis Avenue, Pretoria).We have chosen to hold […]
Earlier this month, we got mail from Professor Kader Asmal, a long-time friend of the Right2Know campaign and one of the (at last count) nearly 19,000 individuals who have joined the R2K by endorsing our founding statement. In his letter to the R2K, Asmal echoes the campaign’s call for the Bill to be scrapped, arguing […]
Below is a briefing paper on the Protection of Information Bill, prepared for the Nelson Mandela Foundation, released on 17 June 2011. The briefing raises questions over whether “emergency surgery” on the Bill can be fully effective, and argues “the current amendments to the State Information Bill are at odds with its fundamental design”, suggesting […]
7 June 2011 The presentations from the speakers at the public meeting held on 7 June 2011 at the IDASA centre: Imam Abdul Rashied Omar: How close is the POIB to meeting R2K’s freedom test? The Secrecy Bill committee began clause-by-clause deliberations on 24 May. They are now about halfway through the Bill (clause […]
The 27 May version of the Protection of Information Bill can be found at http://www.pmg.org.za/report/20110527-protection-information-bill-deliberations-clauses-13-19.
The working documents for the Protection of Information Bill, as well as how it affects the Promotion of Access to Information Act, can be found at http://www.pmg.org.za/report/20110118-protection-information-bill-b6-2010-continuation-deliberations.
The 4 November version of the Secrecy Bill, as well as submissions by the ACDP, ANC and IFP can be found at http://www.pmg.org.za/report/20101104-deliberations-protection-information-bill-b6-2010-clause-clause.