New York Times warns against SA’s secrecy bill

2011-11-30 08:25

The US-based The New York Times yesterday published an opinion piece about media freedom in South Africa, warning that the “health of democracy” was under threat.

In an op-ed article penned by Mail & Guardian editor Nic Dawes, political analyst Judith February and Aids activist Zackie Achmat, the Protection of State Information Bill comes under discussion.

“The health of one of the world’s most celebrated democracies, which emerged after decades of struggle against apartheid, is under threat,” according to the article published on

“The threat goes well beyond journalism. It is ultimately about citizens’ right to know.”

It warns that unless the bill is revised to add a public interest clause, “it will do irreparable damage to South Africa’s democracy”.

The bill was last week approved by the National Assembly and is now before the National Council of Provinces.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.