Black Tuesday: South Africans protest “Secrecy bill”

South Africans took to the streets and social media to voice concern over a controversial bill that could limit the release of government information. 

 

Fruzsina Eördögh

Tech

Published Nov 22, 2011   Updated Jun 3, 2021, 1:05 am CDT

South Africans protested today both digitally and in-person against the passing of the Protection of State Information Bill (POIB). Dubbed the Secrecy bill, many viewed the bill as a gag order on journalists, since the measure could restrict the release of government information.

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POIB, which manifested itself in 2008, has had many opponents, including the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Concerned South African citizens warned that it would be the “beginning of the end of democracy.”

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Now, it’s officially started.

Photo by Andrew Brauteseth

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*First Published: Nov 22, 2011, 2:13 pm CST