Monday, September 19, 2011

ANC accuses editors of misinforming people about Protection of Information Bill

By Khanyisa Tabata
19 September 2011

The ANC has accused the South African National Editors’ Forum for exaggerating the implications of the proposed Protection of Information Bill.

Addressing a news conference in Johannesburg, ANC secretary general, Gwede Mantashe said many people have been misinformed about the Bill, which is due to go up for debate in Parliament tomorrow.

Mantashe warned that if the Bill is passed, then journalists will have no option but to comply. He says the Bill would not be used to target journalists or cover up corruption.

Mantashe says journalists are subject to the same rules and laws as any other citizen of South Africa.

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