NGO Criticises Secrecy Bill Changes

The Right2Know Campaign says that changes made to the Protection of Information Bill by lawmakers fail to deliver legislation befitting a democracy

The Right2Know Campaign says that changes made to the Protection of Information Bill by lawmakers fail to deliver legislation befitting a democracy and called for drafting to resume from scratch.

The organisation points out that despite ‘emergency surgery’ by MPs over the past month, the bill still offered only scant protection for whistleblowers and none whatsoever for ordinary citizens or journalists who expose state secrets that reveal government wrongdoing.

It argues that the reworked bill also fail to limit state secrecy to matters of national security because it retains a clause prohibiting, under pain of lengthy prison sentences, the disclosure of ‘any state security matter’.

To read the article titled, “MPs fail to salvage info bill: Right2Know,” click here.

Source: 
News24

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