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Parliament approves secrecy bill

2011-11-22 15:40

Cape Town - Parliament on Tuesday passed a bill aimed at protecting state secrets that has been widely criticised as an attempt to muzzle media and intimidate whistleblowers, with stiff prison sentences for releasing classified documents.

The protection of information bill allows any government agency to apply for classification of information that is "valuable" to the state, and criminalises the possession and distribution of state secrets.

Critics say the bill makes it easy to hide graft from public view and intimidates those who try to expose it.

 

Comments
  • Kevin - 2011-11-22 16:11

    This is what happens when you have stupid people in parliament ,some of them convicted criminals looking for new ways to steal.

  • amouse - 2011-11-22 16:24

    With the power of the Internet, no information can be concealed. It's very easy to get any 'secret' information published on overseas blogs, etc. without any legal recourse. DON'T WORRY, gov corruption will still be exposed!!??

      Underwhelmed - 2011-11-23 10:44

      Viva le resistance!

  • Nasdaq7 - 2011-11-22 16:30

    Where's the world wide condemnation now?

  • marco - 2011-11-22 16:54

    And yet people still vote ANC,cause they don't know any better.The ANC reckons it's a state within the state,and that it is the state itself.Wait till the country goes totally bankrupt through lack of Foreign direct investment,before these "know no better" numbnuts realize who they've actually voted for over the past 17 years. True the Apartheid-era Protection of Information Act of 1982 needed to be updated and refreshed as it was outdated but not like the ANC had and wanted it done.They doing it to secure Zuma's election for a second term as President,to hide the high profile corruption allegations you see expose by the Media,and to curb spying laws and whistleblowing on ANC officials and other high ranking people from different areas of interest in South Africa.

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