ZA – Secrecy Bill – Want to know what South Africans think about the Secrecy Bill? So do we!

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From http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/12/south-africa-zuma-secrecy-bill

South Africa secrecy law surprise as Zuma rejects controversial bill

Campaigners celebrate after president sends protection of state information bill back to parliament

Campaigners in South Africa were celebrating on Thursday after President Jacob Zuma rejected controversial secrecy laws that threatened journalists and whistleblowers with long prison terms.

In a surprise move, Zuma refused to sign the protection of state information bill because it did not pass “constitutional muster” and knocked it back to parliament for revision. It had been widely assumed that the president’s approval was a mere formality.

The proposed “secrecy bill” puts those in possession of classified information at risk of jail sentences of up to 25 years. Activists have compared it to apartheid-era crackdowns and warned of a “chilling effect” on investigative journalism and those seeking to expose government corruption. Retired archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela’s foundation have spoken out against the proposed legislation.

But it is also widely conceded that, after heated national debate, the current bill is a significant improvement on legislation first drawn up five years ago. The president’s unexpected decision to send it back means that it is now likely to be watered down further still.

Jacob Zuma: ‘The bill as it stands does not pass constitutional muster.’ Photograph: Rodger Bosch/AP

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