Right2Know still pushing

2012-09-06 00:00

LOBBY group Right2Know is pushing for more concessions on the Secrecy Bill, saying more still needs to be done.

In an open letter to the ad hoc committee on the Protection of State Information Bill (NCOP), the group said there were seven issues still outstanding with regard to the bill.

“We want to applaud the consensus you have reached in striking down the unacceptable special protections proposed for the Department of State Security and proposed minimum sentences, as well as excluding municipalities from classifying powers.”

“However there are seven issues that the committee still needed to tackle,” reads the statement.

The group raised concerns with the public domain defence, saying that rather than prosecuting everyone who was found in possession of leaked classified documents, only those who were in charge of keeping the document classified should be prosecuted.

It called for the public domain defence, which provides that a person accused of disclosing classified information would not be guilty if he or she could show that the disclosure reveals criminal activity.

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