AmaBhungane advocacy coordinator Karabo Rajuili recently addressed the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on draft regulations for the Political Party Funding Act. She focused on sections of the Act that impact the free flow of information and freedom of the media.
Dysfunctional record-keeping keeps watchdog groups and the media in the dark.
Botswana has been awarded this year’s “Golden Padlock” award for the Southern African country with the most secretive public institutions.
The cartoonist believes it is too prescriptive and ignores the creative freedom of artists.
MEDIA FREEDOM: ANC-driven public participation process on the Secrecy Bill could be a move to sideline Parliament.
Commission is embarking on a campaign to elicit debate and is researching possible regulation.
But the digital age may confront the old ways of hiding behind wealth and patronage.
COMMENT: Parliamentary indaba an attempt to usher in a media appeals tribunal through the side door
Rage, rage against the dimming of society’s right to know
Activists and others are joining forces at a conference which aims to yield a declaration on access to information.
If passed, the Secrecy Bill will help to mask the corrupt activities of those in government.
M&G Centre of Investigative Journalism will add its weight to the Constitutional Court challenge.
But council reiterates the importance of self-regulation to uphold standards.
MEDIA FREEDOM: The ANC’s backtracking on essential concessions in the Bill is galvanising activists like never before.
Whistle-blowers and journalists can still be criminalised, even though concessions have been made to the Secrecy Bill.
The M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism welcomes the concessions ANC MPs made last Friday (June 24) regarding the Protection of Information Bill.
What Jimmy Manyi’s ultimate fantasy could look like
A three-pronged attack by the government comes as self-scrutiny increases.
The planned media appeals tribunal is once again high on the ruling party’s agenda .
COMMENT: The organisation that liberated us from apartheid now wishes to oppress us.
Sticking points prevent committee from pushing legislation through in its current state