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Monday, October 15, 2012

Right to know won’t back down

By: Lindokuhle Mnisi

One of the Right2Know posters on one of the 
tall flats in Cape Town

Civil society organisation called right2know is continuing with its campaign against the controversial Protection of State Information Bill in the Cape Town city.

Several huge posters are plugged in various flats around the city aiming at raising awareness against this Bill. The posters are written in bold that “The truth will keep us free” and are also written “Say NO to the secrecy bill”.

The posters attribute the late struggle veteran, Mr Kader Asmal. Asmal has been vocal in support of freedom of expression and asked for the Bill to be scrubbed by the government that proposed it.

The Right2Know campaign has organised marches since last year demanding that this Bill must be removed as it poses a threat to journalists and freedom of expression that is enshrined in the constitution. Clause in the Bill proposes jail sentences of close to 25years imprisonment for anybody who is found in position with classified information. Whistleblowers would also face a 5years jail sentence.

The Bill has been going through the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) before it could be passed. Recently, some of the clauses were abandoned, meaning there will not be a jail sentence for journalists. 

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