HRW calls on Zuma to revise 'Secrecy Bill'

Human Rights Watch has urged the president to ensure the bill is in line with the Constitution.

Human Rights Watch has urged the president to ensure the bill is in line with the Constitution. Picture: Regan Thaw/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on President Jacob Zuma to revise the Protection of State Information Bill to ensure that it conforms to South Africa's own Constitution as well as the global standards of freedom of information and expression.

The watchdog presented its findings into the state of human rights in Africa and the world in Rosebank on Tuesday.

It says it's concerned about press freedom in the country

HRW spokesperson Tiseke Kasambala says they are worried about the attacks on the free media in South Africa.

She says Zuma should not sign the so-called Secrecy Bill into law, as it violates certain rights in the Constitution.

"This particular law violates various rights to freedom of expression."

The HRW says South Africa is a beacon of hope for the continent, but has failed to properly protect the rights of its own people.