Activists mark ‘Right to Know’ Day

Right2Know will march to the Union Buildings to voice concerns over the Secrecy Bill.

The Right2Know Campaign marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 28 September 2012, to voice their concerns with the proposed Secrecy Bill. Picture: Jacob Moshokoa/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Members of the Right2Know Campaign are marching to the Union Buildings on Friday, to voice their increasing concerns about the Protection of State Information Bill (POIB), dubbed the Secrecy Bill.

Today's initiative coincides with International Right to Know Day.

A small group of people have already gathered outside Schubert Park in central Pretoria to participate in the March.

Right2know member Julie Reid said today is recognised by activists as a day for freedom of information across the world.

She said the lobby group decided to mark the day by raising awareness globally around access to information and freedom of expression, particularly in South Africa.

The proposed bill aims to regulate the protection and dissemination of information belonging to the state, weighing state interests up against the public's constitutional right to freedom of expression and access to a transparent government.