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11 September 2010

RIGHT2KNOW Campaign - DFA wish to support campaign & Gauteng Launch Invitation


Dear DFA Members,

DFA Wants to Formally Support the Right2Know Campaign

The DFA board would like to sign the petition below on behalf of its members. Please let us know if you have any objections to this by 14h00 on Tuesday the 14th of September 2010. If we do not hear from you, we will assume that you are in agreement with the petition, and the board will sign it on behalf of the DFA. You are also welcome to sign it individuallty.

South Africans face a serious threat to their right of access to information (and media freedom in general), but it canbe prevented. Every voice helps, so if you have not signed the petition below, please do so immediately.

http://www.r2k.org.za/index.php and click "Sign-on"

OPENING A DOOR THAT WILL CLOSE MANY OTHERS
"The proposed Protection ofInformation Billl is still under discussion in Parliament but already 180 NGOs publically said they are opposing it. They say it gives the Department of StateSecurity sweeping powers over what government information is available to the public." See http://www.fxi.org.za/ formore info.
Also, while this campiagn has already opened in Cape Town you are welcome to attend the:

Gauteng Launch & Public Information Session

Date: Wednesday 15 September 2010

Time: 11:15 for 11:30 – 12h30

Venue: Chalsty Centre, School of Law, West Campus, Wits University, Braamfontein

RSVP: fxi@fxi.org.za or call 011 4821907 by Monday 13 September 2010

Refreshments will be served

Hope to see many DFA members there for this important campaign that affects our work as much as the press media industry.

About the R2K Campaign:
An umbrella campaign including a broad front of civil society groups, Right to Know believes that a responsive and accountable democracy able to meet the basic needs of our people is built on transparency and the free flow of information. We are concerned that the Protection of Information Bill currently before Parliament -- the Secrecy Bill -- will fundamentally undermine hard-won constitutional rights including access to information and freedom of expression. The R2K campaign statement - "Let the truth be told. Stop the Secrecy Bill!" - was drafted following parliamentary hearings on the Bill in July. It demands that the Bill be redrafted to comply with constitutional values.

By Right2Know's initial public launch in Cape Town on August 31, about 200 organisations and hundreds of individuals including Nobel laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nadine Gordimer had endorsed the statement. Support has grown significantly since.

Right2Know is launching in Johannesburg on September 15 and is planning a week of action starting with the Black Wednesday commemoration on October 19.

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