The Democratic Alliance (DA) has welcomed Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) secretary-general, Zwelinzima Vavi’s denouncing of the draft Protection of Information Bill and its implications for media freedom and freedom of expression in the country.
DA spokesperson, Lindiwe Mazibuko, points out that, “It is encouraging to see that at least one of the leaders of the African National Congress’s major alliance partners recognises that the measures posed by the Bill would, among other things, prevent the government from being held to account.”
“The media tribunal in particular mirrors almost exactly a number of similar proposals made by the National Party, most notably for the establishment of a statutory Press Council,” explains Mazibuko.
Delivering a speech at the Ruth First Memorial Lecture, Vavi said First would asked: “Where all other democrats have gone to after reading about the proposed Protection of Information Bill that, if it goes through in its current form, will make a mockery of her work as a journalist committed to fighting injustice.”
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