ARTICLES RELATING TO INFO BILL

Mazibuko warns against 'info ministry'

2014-05-02 20:16
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DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko says the introduction of an "information ministry" will have a devastating effect on democracy.

Info bill note causes confusion

2013-12-12 18:01

An internal parliamentary note listing draft laws passed in the legislature's fourth term sparked unfounded rumours that the Protection of State Information Bill had been signed into law.

Sanef urges Zuma not to sign info bill

2013-11-14 13:02

The SA National Editors' Forum has appealed to President Jacob Zuma not to sign the protection of state information bill into law in its current form.

MPs adopt report on info bill

2013-10-30 22:57

MPs have adopted a revised report about recent, minor amendments to the protection of state information bill, bringing it a step closer to becoming law.

Info bill sent back to committee

2013-10-22 18:34

The National Assembly has referred the protection of state information bill back to the ad hoc committee that drafted and recently reviewed it, because it had failed to observe procedural rules.

Info bill not end of media freedom - Thloloe

2013-10-16 14:38

There will still be space for press freedom even when the protection of state information bill becomes law, former press ombudsman Joe Thloloe says.

ANC wants limited changes to info bill

2013-10-09 23:04

The ANC has ruled out a comprehensive rewrite of the protection of state information bill and says it has confined itself to correcting two technical errors in the draft law.

Info bill review limited to 2 days

2013-10-05 07:27

MPs have been allocated only two days to review the protection of state information bill, suggesting limited scope for changes to the contentious official secrets legislation.

DA seeks clarity on info bill

2013-09-19 23:16

DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko has asked President Jacob Zuma for clarity on the extent to which MPs can make amendments to the protection of state information bill.

Info bill referral not enough - Casac

2013-09-13 21:55

The protection of state information bill needs a complete overhaul, according to the Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution.

Madonsela: Zuma's info bill decision wise

2013-09-13 13:30

President Jacob Zuma's decision to refer the protection of state information bill back to Parliament was a wise move, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says.

Zuma's decision on info bill welcomed

2013-09-12 17:51

President Jacob Zuma's decision to refer the controversial protection of state information bill back to the National Assembly has been widely welcomed.

Parts of info bill 'irrational' - Zuma

2013-09-12 15:10

President Jacob Zuma says some parts of the controversial info bill, which he has referred back to the National Assembly, are "irrational".

R2K protests near ANC's Luthuli House

2013-09-09 15:40

The Right2Know Campaign has held a protest on the street corner opposite the ANC's Luthuli House in Johannesburg, over a lack of protection for whistle-blowers and the secrecy bill.

New call for info bill to be scrapped

2013-08-28 15:59

The Nelson Mandela Centre for Memory has called for the protection of state information bill to be withdrawn and redrafted.

Calls grow to send info bill to ConCourt

2013-04-27 07:06

The SA Catholics Bishops' Conference and the Freedom of Expression Institute have joined calls for President Jacob Zuma to refer the controversial protection of state information bill to the Constitutional Court.

Send info bill to ConCourt - bishops

2013-04-26 12:04

The Southern African Catholics Bishops' Conference has joined calls for President Jacob Zuma to refer the controversial protection of state information bill to the Constitutional Court.

ANC chief whip votes 'against' info bill

2013-04-25 19:00
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ANC Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga has been wrongfully recorded as voting against the protection of state information bill, the party says.

Information bill passed

2013-04-25 16:17
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The National Assembly has passed the protection of state information bill.

Changes to info bill, but debate continues

2013-04-23 17:39

The amended protection of state information bill looks set to be debated by the National Assembly.

MPs reconvene on amended info bill

2013-03-13 19:35

The National Assembly's ad hoc committee on the protection of state information bill will hold the first of a series of meetings to consider far-reaching changes to the bill.

Cosatu gets legal advice on secrecy bill

2012-12-22 10:21

Trade union federation Cosatu has referred the Protection of State Information Bill to its lawyers for advice.

Reject info bill - Press club

2012-12-02 21:04

The National Press Club has called on the National Assembly to reject the Protection of State Information Bill next year.

ANC pushes info bill though NCOP

2012-11-29 21:04
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The ANC has used its parliamentary majority to pass the reworked protection of state information bill through the National Council of Provinces.

ANC adopts final info bill draft

2012-11-27 10:55
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The ANC has adopted the final draft of the protection of state information bill in the absence of opposition parties, who walked out in protest.

 

SA has failed its citizens - HRW

2014-01-21 22:05
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Human Rights Watch says South Africa has failed to protect the rights of its citizens.

Confusion over info bill

2013-12-12 14:07
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President Jacob Zuma has signed the protection of state information bill into law, according to reports.

Info bill goes back to Zuma

2013-11-12 17:48

Despite protest from opposition benches, the National Assembly has adopted the revised protection of state information bill.

MPs seeks advice on info bill

2013-10-29 22:50

MPs processing the protection of state information bill have heeded advice from State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele to seek more legal counsel on the adoption of a committee report.

Govt: Secrecy bill fears unfounded

2013-10-16 18:42

Considerations about a public interest defence have been incorporated into the Protection of State Information Bill, a government official says.

ANC pushes through limited info bill changes

2013-10-10 22:27

The ANC has signed off on limited changes to the protection of state information bill, pushing aside objections that the process had been thwarted by procedural error on the part of the president.

Committee set to review info bill

2013-10-09 08:59

The ad hoc committee appointed to review the protection of state information bill has been given two days to consider possible amendments.

Info bill is a democracy exercise - MP

2013-09-27 22:24

The fight against certain parts of the protection of state information bill has been South Africa's first real exercise of democracy, MP Mario Oriani-Ambrosini says.

Chance for Parly to review info bill - SAHRC

2013-09-14 07:30

The decision by President Jacob Zuma to refer the protection of state information bill back to Parliament, has presented an opportunity to consider other threats posed by the bill.

October deadline for info bill review

2013-09-13 14:45

Parliament has set a six-week deadline for MPs to review the protection of state information bill, after President Jacob Zuma referred it back to the legislature.

Zuma vague on 'problematic' info bill

2013-09-12 22:15
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President Jacob Zuma has declined to explain fully why he found parts on the protection of state information bill problematic, when pressed by the media.

Confusion over Zuma's info bill announcement

2013-09-12 16:45

A statement by President Jacob Zuma in which he announced that he was sending the info bill back to Parliament, has caused considerable confusion.

Zuma sends info bill back to Parliament

2013-09-12 13:52

President Jacob Zuma has referred the controversial protection of state information bill back to the National Assembly.

Commonality exists with Biko's SA - Zille

2013-09-05 23:30
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DA leader Helen Zille says there is a commonality between activist and black-consciousness leader Steve Biko's South Africa and the South Africa of today.

FXI warns of 'glaring gaps' in info bill

2013-05-03 22:11

The protection of state information bill remains a threat to South Africa's press freedom, the Freedom of Expression Institute says.

TMG: Don't over-regulate media

2013-04-26 20:12

The media industry is pushing for self-regulation, but believes over-regulation should be avoided, Times Media Group says.

Zuma not commenting on info bill yet

2013-04-26 10:16
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President Jacob Zuma will not comment on issues surrounding the protection of state information bill until he has formally received it, the presidency says.

Controversial secrecy bill passed

2013-04-25 16:59
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Parliament has voted in favour of a fiercely contested secrecy bill which critics say will muzzle the media and provide cover for government corruption.

R2K to picket outside Luthuli House

2013-04-25 12:24

The Right2Know campaign says it will picket outside Luthuli House, the ANC headquarters in Johannesburg, and Parliament in Cape Town in opposition to the information bill which is set to be passed.

MPs may review info bill changes

2013-03-14 16:06

MPs may yet make limited changes to the contested protection of state information bill, a senior state law adviser says.

Info bill returns to Assembly

2013-02-26 20:39

The protection of state information bill will again come before the National Assembly after the House has agreed to re-establish the ad hoc committee that dealt with the legislation.

R2K campaign voted newsmaker of the year

2012-12-06 16:01

The Right2Know campaign has been voted Johannesburg Press Club 2012 newsmaker of the year.

Info bill two steps from becoming law

2012-11-29 22:15
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The ANC has driven final amendments to the protection of state information bill through the National Council of Provinces, bringing the so-called secrecy bill two steps from becoming law.

Activists vow to challenge info bill

2012-11-28 21:01

The Right2Know Campaign has warned it will launch a constitutional challenge to the protection of state information bill if it is signed into law without further amendments.

ANC tables new info bill changes

2012-11-21 23:01

The ANC proposed changes to the contentious protection of state information bill again on, this time tending to the liberal.

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