Creative Consulting & Development Works joined the Right2Know march to parliament on Saturday 17th September in opposition to the controversial “Secrecy Bill” which threatens freedom of information and could impose harsh prison sentences on whistle-blowers. Right2Know are a grassroots coalition against the proposed Secrecy Bill which successfully managed to co-ordinate 2 000 protesters on the march to parliament including at least one former ANC cabinet minister, the premier of the Western Cape, the Mayor of Cape Town, academics and journalists. The bill was to come before parliament 3 days after the march to be voted into law and was withdrawn for consultation. PengaTV interviewed activists including Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and Creative Consulting & Development Works Communications Co-ordinator Michelle Cruywagen. Comment on the PengaTV video clip below. Have your say! What’s your take on the Secrecy Bill?
Why the Secrecy Bill is a threat to community struggles for local democracy and service delivery?
According to Right2Know the Protection of Information Bill (The Secrecy Bill) is a proposed law that threatens to turn our country into a nation of secrets and thus undermine many of our hard-won freedoms. The Right2Know Campaign along with many others have been fighting to get this Bill scrapped. Even though the government and the ANC have agreed that there are serious problems with the Bill and have promised to engage in further parliamentary debate, the fight against the Secrecy Bill cannot stop and must be intensified. If passed in its current form, it will give government officials huge powers to hide all kinds of important information from you and your community.
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