Monday, June 20, 2011

Tokyo Sexwale tells media to fight on against so-called Secrecy Bill

By Khanyisa Tabata
20 June 2011

Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale has urged the South African media to continue their fight against the proposed Protection of Information Bill and Media Appeals Tribunal.

Speaking on the sidelines of an event to mark Nelson Mandela Day in Johannesburg, Sexwale says the media should not be forced to tow the line.

Meanwhile the South African National Editors Forum member Raymond Louw says Nelson Mandela believed the press should be free from government intervention as they were the only ones who could hold those in power accountable.

Louw said at a launch in Houghton ahead of next month’s 2011 Nelson Mandela International Day that He said if Mandela had still been involved in politics, he would be opposed to the proposed Protection of Information Bill.

Sexwale said that people were not there to remember the man, but what he stood for, including press freedom.

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