Idasa’s views on Protection of Information Bill

In Idasa’s view, the broadness and vagueness of many aspects of South Africa’s new Protection of Information Bill, as well as the lack of an independent appeal mechanism and the absence of a public interest override, all suggest that information may be withheld on potentially very subjective and unconstitutional grounds. This would represent a dilution of a progressive transparency framework that has sought to entrench the public’s right to know about the governance of public affairs that directly affect the lives of people and important aspects of their wellbeing. Read PIMS’s submission to Parliament on the bill and have your say here.

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