The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has written to MPs asking them to shelve the controversial Protection of Information Bill until it has been redrafted.
SANEF is also urging MPs to shelve the processing of the Bill until the overwhelming opposition voiced during public hearings is given proper weight in its redrafting.
The organisation says this will ensure that the Bill is not passed into law without amendments to address these crucial threats to the constitutional guarantee of openness and the proper functioning of our democracy.
In the same vein, Professor Arnold van Zyl, acting rector of the University of Stellenbosch, urged in an open letter that the Bill should be withdrawn because it threatens academic freedom.
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