Protection of Information Bil

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cyghost (November 24, 2011, 07:30:13 AM):
ANC Wiki censored :D

been fixed though >:(

I found Keith Koza's comment particularly ironic:

"Interfering with information undermines the very need of [information providers]," Khoza said.
Mefiante (November 08, 2012, 09:43:25 AM):
It looks like the ANC is adamant about getting its way with the Secrecy Bill — by hook or by crook.

Hermes (December 14, 2012, 12:18:54 PM):
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.

Majin (January 11, 2013, 18:16:51 PM):
If I'm not mistaken, this still has to survive the constitutional court.

Of course, the ANC managed to convince a clear majority that this should be legislated, so I don't see them having trouble getting it amended to the constitution. At which point I'll start to feel forced to do the unthinkable, and leave this place. :(

If this seems like the typical overreaction to you, I apologise, but freedom of speech is one of those things I hold very dear and critical to my personal freedom.

Sadly I agree. :(


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