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Finweek English Edition - - Letters -

WHAT HAP­PENED THERE WERE in­creased con­cerns dur­ing the past week about the two Bills cur­rently be­fore Par­lia­ment: the pro­tec­tion of in­for­ma­tion and na­tional strate­gic intelligence. The for­mer will give all in­sti­tu­tions the right to clas­sify their doc­u­ments and un­der­mine the prin­ci­ples of trans­par­ent and ac­count­able gov­er­nance. Vi­o­la­tions by the press and oth­ers will be se­verely pe­nalised. RAP­PORT re­ferred to the muz­zling Act that would put up a wall of pro­tec­tion around the cor­rupt in Gov­ern­ment, State and semi-State in­sti­tu­tions. How­ever, it felt the ANC would ig­nore any op­po­si­tion to the Bills. The Mail & Guardian asked MPs, in the pub­lic in­ter­est, to amend the Bills as they were di­rectly op­posed to the hu­man rights achieved af­ter many years of strug­gle.

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