Browsing All posts tagged under »secrecy«

Beware the laws that muzzle media

December 1, 2019


Forget, for the moment, state capture. Think instead of media capture and the impact it can — and does — have on all our lives. At the same time, consider too the ongoing attempts to discredit journalism and the media. That we should all do so was highlighted last week by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng […]

The ‘Secrecy Act’ is coming

December 28, 2012


The "Secrecy Act" is coming. And we can get a good idea of government’s intentions from the way ministers and officials have flouted existing freedom of information legislation.

A call to resist the secrecy law

November 21, 2011


November 22, 2011, has been dubbed “Black Tuesday” in South Africa. This is the day the Protection of State Information Bill went before parliament on its way to being rubber stamped into a law that all principled journalists worth their salt will do everything to circumvent. And, courtesy of the nature of the internet, they will be able to do so.

The threat of South Africa’s Info Bill

October 8, 2011


(First published September 23, 2011) Journalists think they are something special; that they should have more rights than other citizens and that the media somehow sees itself as above the law. These views have been expressed by a number of ANC members of parliament. They have been aired in defence of the Protection of State […]

Secrecy: a poison to democracy

September 22, 2011


Secrets often leak into the public domain. In the process they can become distorted and those in the know can also use them to gain favours or protection — to blackmail and manipulate. However, there are two kinds of secret: one that should be eradicated as vigorously as possible and the other which perhaps cannot — and certainly should not — be tampered with.

The secrets we do not need

June 7, 2011


Notes for a discussion on secrets held at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in February, 2011 in which I argued against the notion of state secrets.