Saturday, September 17, 2011

Sanef threatens to take Secrecy Bill to court

By Khanyisa Tabata
17 September 2011

The National Editors’ Forum plans to take legal action, if necessary, to ensure that the Protection of State Information Bill complies with constitutional principles of free speech and open democracy.

The media body held its annual general meeting in Cape Town against the backdrop of the pending vote in the National Assembly on the so-called Secrecy Bill.

Sanef’s main concerns are the bill’s lack of any public interest defence, heavy sentencing regime, broadness of application, and the shielding from scrutiny of the intelligence services.

A massive march is planned in Cape Town today to show the broad public and interested groups’ opposition to the bill.

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