Secrecy Bill Threatens South African Democracy—Or Not?

Friday, December 02, 2011


The Protection of State Information Bill has made it through the lower chamber of South Africa's ANC-controlled Parliament, causing alarm among journalists and high-profile South Africans including Nadine Gordimer, Desmond Tutu, and Nelson Mandela. While critics fear the bill's potential to turn back the clock on transparency and media freedom in the 17-year-old democracy, journalist Eusebius McKaiser trusts in the strength of the Constitutional Court to knock down this piece of legislation.

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Comments [2]

Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

That all democracies involve the tensions between a government of laws and a government of 'men', look no further than our Court's decision in Citizens United granting unlimited free speech rights to corporate entities!

Dec. 08 2011 05:07 PM
Brian from Hartford, CT

Sounds great. The USA and the UK have closed down/are closing down their societies, so it seems perfectly reasonable that South Africa should do the same. Impeccable reasoning.

Dec. 06 2011 11:08 AM

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