Secrecy Bill

Petition the President: Stop the Secrecy Bill!

Parliament has passed the Secrecy Bill (the Protection of State Information Bill) and now President Zuma must apply his mind in considering signing it into law.

The Right2Know Campaign calls on all freedom-loving South Africans and democrats across the world to contact President Zuma and appeal to him to stop the Secrecy Act and either return the Bill to Parliament for redrafting, or send it directly to the Constitutional Court for review.

Zuma Will Not Comment on POIB

The Presidency says that President Jacob Zuma will not comment on issues surrounding the Protection of State Information Bill (Secrecy Bill) until he has formally received it.
Presidential spokesperson, Mac Maharaj, points out that, “The legislature, the judiciary and the executive are the three arms of governance of South Africa and, when the president formally receives the bill that Parliament has passed, he will address issues relating to the enactment of the bill into law.”

MPs Vote in Favour of Information Bill

The Protection of State Information Bill (Secrecy Bill) has been passed by Parliament with 189 votes in favour, 74 against and one member who abstained from voting.

The bill has been one of the most hotly contested legislative proposals of President Jacob Zuma’s administration, who argue that it is needed to provide more effective regulations for managing sensitive information.

R2K Protest Against the Secrecy Bill

The Right2Know Campaign (R2K) has protested outside Luthuli House, the African National Congress (ANC) headquarters in Johannesburg, and Parliament in opposition to the Protection of State Information Bill, which was passed on 25 April 2013.
The activist group is of the view that it is not too late for the ANC to abandon its launch of the controversial bill.
Right2Know said by going ahead with the passage of the bill, the ANC will be turning its back on what it spent decades fighting for.

Newsmaker of the Year Award for R2K

The Right2Know (R2K) campaign has been voted Johannesburg Press Club 2012 newsmaker of the year.
Accepting the award in Johannesburg, R2K campaign Gauteng spokesperson, Jayshree Pather, described as a victory for people’s power.
Johannesburg Press Club chairperson, Mixael de Kock, says the R2K, comprising more than 400 organisations with 30 000 members, had relentlessly pursued the public's right to understand the full scope of the Protection of State Information Bill and how it will impact the media and every citizen of this country.

Constitutional Court Last Resort - R2K

The Right2Know Campaign, a civil society organisation opposing the Protection of State Information Bill (Secrecy Bill), says their last resort is a Constitutional Court application.

The organisation’s Gauteng representative, Dale Mckinley, says there is a lot still need to be done on the Info Bill, adding that the definition of ‘national security’ has been narrowed.

Mckinley urges President Jacob Zuma not to sign the Bill into law since there are a lot of things that need to be adjusted on it.

Secrecy Bill Closer to Becoming Law

The African National Congress drives final amendments to the Protection of State Information Bill through the National Council of Provinces amid protest, bringing the so-called secrecy bill two steps from becoming law.

In an often raucous debate, State Security Minister, Siyabonga Cwele, claimed that the Bill is the most progressive official secrets legislation worldwide.

Meanwhile, opposition parties vowed that if that happened they would ask the Constitutional Court to overturn the legislation, a threat also issued by the Right2Know campaign.

Activists Vow to Challenge the Secrecy Bill

The Right2Know Campaign has warned it will launch a constitutional challenge to the Protection of State Information Bill (Secrecy Bill) if it is signed into law without further amendments.

In a press statement, the organisation argues that, "The secrecy bill remains a threat to our democracy and we will continue our campaign to stop the secrecy bill."

The organisation says despite last-minute amendments, the bill still clash with the constitutional rights to freedom of information and expression and is likely to lead to over-classification.

ANC Adopts Secrecy Bill Final Draft

The African National Congress (ANC) has adopted the final draft of the Protection of State Information Bill (Secrecy Bill) in the absence of opposition parties, who walked out in protest.
The eight ruling party MPs on the ad hoc committee handling the draft official secrets law voted unanimously to adopt a report to the National Council of Provinces outlining changes made to it in the past year.


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