Politicians change tack as information moves at warp speed

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- dailymaverick.co.za | a week ago

Nearly 10 years ago, in May 2010, the ANC government led by a newly-in-charge President Jacob Zuma started to move forward with the Protection of State Information Bill.

Its purpose was obvious: to stop information held by the state from entering the public domain. Journalists, civil society organisations and other groups strenuously opposed it.

The first draft was so draconian that it would have brought about the end of free expression in South Africa.

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