There has been much discussion recently about the proposed Protection of Information Bill. Should this Bill find its way into the statute books in its current form, it will give the government virtually free reign in deciding what the media can and cannot print. The legislation has drawn widespread criticism because it has such potential for abuse. This is particularly worrying in a country which doesn’t exactly have the best track-record when it comes to fighting corruption.
The proposed Bill is chillingly reminiscent of similar laws that curtailed press freedom during the dark days of apartheid – the very same laws that the present ruling party fought against so bitterly. Would you like fries with your irony, Mr Zuma?
I’ve had to sit through many a dreary PowerPoint presentation where I’ve desperately wanted to gag the speaker. If I’m expected to grit my teeth and resist the temptation, then I don’t see why the government can’t do the same.