Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Delay in voting on Information Bill widely welcomed

By Lelethu Mquqo
20 September 2011


The ANC has confirmed that today’s planned Parliamentary debate on the proposed Protection of Information Bill has been postponed indefinitely.

ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga told a news conference in Cape Town that the Bill has been withdrawn for further consideration.

The National Editors Forum has joined the flood of support for the ANC’s decision to delay voting on the Protection of State Information Bill.

Sanef chairperson Mondli Makhanya says that despite improvements wrought during the parliamentary process, the bill remains deeply flawed.

He says a law worthy of the country’s democracy cannot criminalise the publication of information that reveals corruption, human rights abuses, or the abuse of state resources for political ends.

The African Christian Democratic Party meanwhile welcomed the announcement.

The party’s Steve Swarts says this will give the ANC time to further debate the controversial Bill internally.

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