We are wearing black today to protest the expected passing of the Protection of State Information Bill in the National Assembly.
Members of Parliament (MPs) vote on the bill at 2pm. http://www.ewn.co.za/Story.aspx?Id=77852

The contentious legislation proposes harsh penalties for journalists and citizens found to be in possession of classified documents as well as harbouring state secrets.

Proposed consequences include prison sentences of up to 25 years, with no mechanism, such as a public interest clause, to challenge the proposed offences.

The Bill in its current form will see ordinary citizens and journalists treated as foreign spies if found to be in possession of information deemed to be a state secret. http://mg.co.za/article/2011-11-21-media-to-march-against-secrecy-bill-vote


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