Secrecy Bill - Views from South African Civil Society

South Africa has moved a step closer to passing the Protection of State Information Bill (Secrecy Bill) into law when 229 African National Congress (ANC) members of Parliament voted in favour of the Bill on 22 November 2011.

Civil society activists continue to argue that if passed, the Secrecy Bill will criminalise some of the freedoms that South Africans have been enjoying since 1994.

The following references highlight the views expressed by various South African civil society organisations in response to the Bill:

We invite NGO Pulse readers to continue the debate about the Bill on the NGO Pulse Portal.

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