The Right2Know Campaign (R2K) is a nation-wide coalition of people and organisations opposed to the Protection of Information Bill - also known as the Secrecy Bill - currently before the South African parliament. The Bill will threaten hard-won constitutional rights including access to information and freedom of expression.
R2K believes a responsive and accountable democracy able to meet the basic needs of our people is built on transparency and the free flow of information. The R2K campaign statement – “Let the truth be told. Stop the Secrecy Bill!” – demands that the Bill be drastically rewritten to bring it in line with constitutional values, or thrown out.
The former Minister of Intelligence, Ronnie Kasrils, the Congress of South African Trade Unions; South African Municipal Workers Union, Federation of Unions of South Africa, Treatment Action Campaign/Section 27, Council for the Advancement of the Constitution, Helen Suzman Foundation, the Muslim Judicial Council, Press Club, South African National Editor’s Forum, Western Cape Inter-faith Religious Leaders, among others, have expressed their opposition to the proposed Protection of Information Bill (POI) in recent days.
Opposition to the POI Bill is gaining momentum. The next couple of weeks are crucial as the Ad-hoc Committee dealing with the POI has set an August 2011 deadline to finalise the Bill.
An urgent meeting to discuss civil society responses and actions will be held on Wednesday, 8 June 2011 (15h00), in Johannesburg.
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, 7 June 2011, if you or a representative from your organisation will be able to attend.
Please sign the Right to Know Petition on www.r2k.org.za.
For more about the Right2Know Campaign, refer to www.r2k.org.za.