Info bill will set SA back – AU

2010-09-15 13:10

The Protection of Information Bill currently in Parliament will set South Africa back in terms of freedom of information, an African Union (AU) special rapporteur said today.

“If we pass the present bill, it will undo the good work the Republic of South Africa has done to ensure freedom of information,” said Pansy Tlakula, the AU’s special rapporteur for media and freedom of expression.

Tlakula was speaking at the launch of the Gauteng branch of the Right to Know campaign.

Freedom of Expression Network co-ordinator Siphiwe Segodi said the campaign would explain to communities why the
Protection of Information Bill was a threat.

“It’s not just journalists, but activists who are fighting for service delivery,” said Segodi.

“Its important that we continue fighting on the community level.”

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