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SAHRC opposes info bill

The current draft of the Protection of State Information Bill will severely impact Chapter Nine...

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The current draft of the Protection of State Information Bill will severely impact Chapter Nine Institutions, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said on Tuesday.

Speaking to Members of Parliament (MPs) in Cape Town, SAHRC’s Chantall Kisoon said the proposed law will limit institutions, researchers, journalists and ordinary citizens to contribute to society.

She said a lack of information sharing would restrict the degree of accountability in South Africa.

SAHRC also asked politicians to consider a public interest defence clause.

Earlier, the South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) also echoed the call.

Meanwhile, the Congress of the South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has expressed its objection to the bill, while the South African Communist Party (SACP) supports it.

In November, the bill was passed by the National Assembly, despite months of public outcry by the media and civil society groups.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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