Newspapers like the Mail & Guardian that expose corruption, mismanagement, hypocrisy and gross incompetence would not be able to do their work if the Protection of Information Bill came into force in its current form. This is according to its editor-in-chief, Nic Dawes.
Dawes has described the Bill as the biggest legislative threat yet to freedom of information in general and to the work of journalists in particular.
According to Dawes, “What the bill envisages in many ways is that we would be allowed to publish press releases (issued) by the state. It would certainly make it very dangerous for us to pursue the big stories that we publish in the public interest around corruption, mismanagement and conflicts of interest.”
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