Over 200 civil society organisations and numerous prominent individuals
have endorsed a civil society statement titled "Let the Truth Be Told!
Stop the Secrecy Bill".
The statement characterises the Protection of
Information Bill as fundamentally undermining the struggle for
whistleblower protection and access to information and as reminiscent
of our apartheid past. The statement calls for a redrafting of the Bill
to comply with the constitutional values of access to information and
freedom of expression.
The Right to Know campaign will also be announcing plans to raise public
concern about the Protection of Information Bill and other threats to
the freedom of expression through a week of action that will commence on
19 October 2010 (the commemoration of Black Wednesday). The statement
will remain open for further endorsements through the campaign website.
The 200 odd organisations endorsing the statement include
Afesis-Corplan, the Alternative Information Development Centre, Amnesty
International, Black Sash, Ceasefire Campaign, CIVICUS, Democracy
Development Programme, Diakonia Council of Churches, Earthlife Africa,
Freedom of Expression Institute, Gay & Lesbian Network, Idasa,
Institute for Security Studies, Open Democracy Advice Centre, M&G
Centre for Investigative Journalism (amaBhungane), National Welfare
Forum, Palestine Support Committee, Professional Journalists’
Association, Section27, South African History Archives, and the South
African National Editors Forum as well as various social movements
including Equal Education, Social Justice Coalition, Social Movements
Indaba, Treatment Action Campaign, and the Unemployed People’s Movement.
Over 400 individuals have also endorsed the Statement, including
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nadine Gordimer, Prof Kader Asmal, Zakes Mda,
Dr Max Price, Prof. Jonathan Jansen, Zackie Achmat, Pieter-Dirk Uys,
Mary Burton, Mazibuko K Jara, Andrew Feinstein, Richard Spoor, Andre
Brink, Terry Bell, Laurie Nathan, Pierre de Vos, Max Du Preez, Paul
Graham, Pippa Green, Prof Hoosen Coovadia and Breyten Breytenbach.
A full list of endorsing organizations and individuals will be released at the Statement launch.http://www.right2know.org.za/
The documents for download below contain all the information needed to stay informed on how the bill will affect society.
Included is the actual bill that is being proposed, as well as a plain language version of the bill and various submissions to parliament by civil society.
The page is regularly updated with the latest documentation on the bill.