In an article in Business Day, Leon Louw
of the Free Market Foundation trivializes the Protection of Information Bill with an astonishingly inane line of reasoning.
INSTEAD of being delighted, journalists are squealing like stuck pigs because the Protection of State Information Bill, known as the "secrecy bill", was passed by the National Council of Provinces. Why aren’t they delighted? Most journalists salivate with glee at every state intervention. Surely they knew their turn would come. Do they really think journalism is a special case? Of course they do. Their mantra that "people have the right to know" is repeated as if it settles the matter.
But people also have the right to food, clothes, healthcare, insurance, liquor, banking, jobs, cigarettes, energy and much more. By logical extension, the media should demand unregulated retailing, medical schemes, insurance, alcohol, banking, labour, tobacco and electricity with comparable conviction.
Terms of endearment.... Some people simply do not grasp the reality that a democracy cannot function in an environment where the government operates in secrecy.Jacques
responded with a well argued reply.