SANEF Criticises the New Secret Bill

The South African National Editors Forum warns against the new version of the Protection of Information Bill

The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has warned that a new version of the Protection of Information Bill before Parliament is more restrictive in terms of handling of State information than the previous proposed law.

SANEF deputy chairperson, Henry Jeffreys, says that at the time of the withdrawal, it was pledged that ‘a large amount of work’ will be done to improve the bill, but that this is not reflected in the new draft.

Jeffreys says SANEF is of the view that many of the changes that have been made tighten the state's grip on maintaining the secrecy of information and have extend the powers of politicians over the classifying of information.

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Source: 
Journalism.co.za

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