Ruling Party Reopens Secrecy Law Debate With Public Hearings

Civil society organisations have been brought onto the playing field in a structured way as a specific part of the ANC's strategy to reinvent, reconfigure and resubmit the legislation, and to reopen the conversation in a way which makes it appear more participative.

March Against the Protection of State Information Bill

PHOTO ESSAYS: March Against the Protection of State Information Bill

Demonstrators demanding access to information made their way to Parliament to protest against the Protection of State Information Bill.

  • South Africa:  New 'Participative' Secrecy Bill Process Could Backfire On the Media (opinion)

    Daily Maverick, 28 September 2011

    The battle of ideas over the Secrecy Bill has a new player: civil society. read more »

  • Southern Africa:  South Africa's Ruling ANC Pulls Secrecy Bill (press release)

    Committee to Protect Journalists, 20 September 2011

    The Committee to Protect Journalists is relieved by Monday's decision by the parliamentary majority of South Africa's ruling party to withdraw a controversial bill from ... read more »

  • South Africa:  ANC Makes U-Turn On Secrecy Bill - and Lives to Tell the Tale

    Biz-Community, 20 September 2011

    "Tell us another one" was the response from everyone when ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga said the party's reason for pulling the Protection of Information Bill on the eve of its ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Who Is the Real Representative of Public Interest - Parliament or the Media? (opinion)

    Daily Maverick, 19 September 2011

    We know who's supposed to guard the guardians but who represents the South African voice? Surely not journalists and vocal civil society groups? If so, we're becoming an elistist ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Ruling Party Pulls Back on Secrecy Bill

    South African Press Association, 19 September 2011

    The ANC postponed Parliament's vote on the Protection of State Information Bill at the eleventh hour on Monday for further consultation, but said the legislation would be finalised ... read more »

  • South Africa:  ANC MPs to Rethink Secrecy Bill?

    Biz-Community, 19 September 2011

    The ANC has kind of confirmed that the Protection of Information Bill will be delayed to ensure that all its MPs (and probably its alliance partners too) are happy to pass it. read more »

  • South Africa:  Former Minister Attacks Govt Over Secrecy Bill

    South African Press Association, 17 September 2011

    The Protection of Information Bill is aimed at shielding South Africa's "silly leaders" from embarrassment, not protecting the country's real official secrets, former intelligence ... read more »

  • South Africa:  'Secrecy Bill' Step Backwards for Africa

    Inter Press Service, 16 September 2011

    Critics call it "the Secrecy Bill". And it comes at a time when several African countries are adopting promising new legislation on access to information. But campaigners say South ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Journalists Declare Against POIB, Start Urgent Petition

    Biz-Community, 15 September 2011

    The "Journalist Declaration on the Protection of State Information Bill" is an urgent petition that is calling upon all community, public, commercial and trade journalists to speak ... read more »

  • South Africa:  March or Be Silent

    Biz-Community, 12 September 2011

    Despite year-long efforts to reform the Secrecy Bill in Parliament, the final draft that will appear before the National Assembly still metes out harsh prison sentences to ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Media Freedom Blow - Secrecy Bill Still to Jail Journos (opinion)

    Biz-Community, 5 September 2011

    It looks as if South Africa will finally be joining the club of African countries that imprisons journalists for publishing or broadcasting classified information, even if it ... read more »

  • South Africa:  State Security Welcomes Progress On Info Bill

    BuaNews, 4 September 2011

    The Ministry of State Security has noted the latest developments with regards to the processing of the Protection of Information Bill. read more »

  • South Africa:  Ruling Party Rejects Proposal on Secrecy Law

    South African Press Association, 31 August 2011

    As deliberations on the Protection of Information Bill near an end, the ANC on Wednesday stood firm in its refusal to write a defence into the legislation for people who disclose ... read more »

  • Africa:  SANEF's Concern Over Protection of Information Bill Grows (press release)

    South African National Editors' Forum, 1 September 2011

    The SA National Editors’ Forum is deeply concerned by reports on deliberations by Parliament's Ad Hoc Committee on the Protection of Information Bill that ANC MPs have ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Secrecy Bill - Some Concessions But Struggle Continues

    Biz-Community, 30 August 2011

    South African civil society's struggle to bring the controversial Protection of Information Bill - aka Secrecy Bill - in line with constitutional requirements continues, amid some ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Ruling Party Redrafts Controversial Information Bill

    South African Press Association, 24 August 2011

    The ANC on Monday made good on a promise to drastically restrict the application of the Protection of Information Bill, and also proposed narrowing the grounds for classifying ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Scrap Secrecy Bill, Defiant Marchers Tell SA Govt

    Biz-Community, 15 August 2011

    As the Protection of Information Bill (aka Secrecy Bill) is on the brink of putting South Africa at the same level with secretive societies such as China, North Korea and various ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Mandela Foundation Promotes Dialogue on Secrecy Law

    South African Press Association, 8 June 2011

    The Nelson Mandela Foundation hosted talks between government officials, civil society, intelligence agents and academics on the Protection of Information Bill on Wednesday. read more »

  • South Africa:  Protest Mounts Against Secrecy Law

    South African Press Association, 7 June 2011

    Constitutional law expert Pierre de Vos on Tuesday called for a complete rethink of the Protection of Information Bill, warning that lawmakers' minor concessions would not save the ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Former Minister Opposes New Secrecy Law

    South African Press Association, 2 June 2011

    The rush to complete the Protection of Information Bill by the parliamentary committee is worrying and will lead to huge problems and unnecessary tensions in the future, former ... read more »

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