CURRENT AFFAIRS, EVENTS, POLITICS

Freedom Week, 27 April-3 May 2012

Sarah Emily Duff

When the Right2Know Campaign – a coalition of grass roots organisations, civil society groups, and thousands of individuals – was founded in August 2010, few imagined that it would still be leading the struggle against the Secrecy Bill almost two years later. The Secrecy Bill, now revised but still a real threat to our democracy, is currently before the National Council of Provinces. We need to keep up the pressure to ensure that this Bill is not passed in its current form.

In its current form, the Secrecy Bill will hinder the free flow of information which is so important to the functioning of our democracy. It will have a chilling effect on the media, but it will also limit ordinary people’s ability to access government information – information about housing, road maintenance, hospital performance, and how our schools are run.

To raise awareness about how important it is to fight the Secrecy Bill and other pieces of legislation, like the Spy Bill, which will have a similar impact,and to remind us how valuable freedom of information is to our democracy, the Right2Know Campaign has organised Freedom Week. Between Freedom Day on 27 April and World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, public meetings, seminars, and marches will be held in the Western Cape, Gauteng, and KZN.

We have also organised a Freedom Film Festival for Cape Town, where movies about freedom of information will be shown around the city.

Please come and contribute, learn, and enjoy yourselves. The programme, below, is also available on our website (www.r2k.org.za) and Facebook page.

Gauteng

DATE TIME EVENT VENUE CONTACT
Fri 27 April 9am-3.30pm “Speak out on Secrecy” – public meeting in Kliptown Soweto Kliptown Youth,29 Station Rd Kliptown Bongani 071043221

KwaZulu-Natal

DATE TIME EVENT VENUE CONTACT
Friday 27 April 9am-12pm “UnFreedom Day March” – joint march to City Hall Starts at Botha/King Dinuzulu Gardens, Durban Des0839826939
Thurs 3 May 12.30pm-2pm “Fighting for the Right2Know” – public seminar Centre for Civil Society, MT Building, UKZN Percy 0834722873
Thurs 3 May 12pm-1pm Roundtable discussion on Media Freedom Arthur Smith Hall, DUT City Campus Nosipho 0725418282
Fri 4 May 6.30pm R2K KZN benefit dinner (booking is essential) NJM Islamic Centre, Hendry Road, Overport Eric 0829249822

Western Cape

DATE TIME EVENT VENUE CONTACT
Fri 27 April 11am- 2pm “Speak out on Secrecy” – public meeting in Langa Ikwezi Hostel, Langa Nkwame 0782276008
Sat 28 April 12-2pm “Housing & Secrecy” – public meeting in Khayelitsha AndileNhosa School Hall, Mandela Park Khaya 0780241683
Sun 29 April 10am Right2Know Church Service Central Methodist Church, Greenmarket Square Alan 0836548568

Freedom Week Film Fest, Cape Town

DATE TIME FILM VENUE CONTACT
Fri 27 April 4pm Amandla!: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony Labia Theatre Vinayak 0791658873
Sat 28 April 12pm Flow: For the Love of Water AndileNhosa School Hall, Mandela Park Khaya 0780241683
Mon 30 April 6pm Site-Seeing (documentary on Chappies Toll Saga) &Battle for Hangberg Hout Bay, venue tbc Bronwen 0823183308
Tues 1 May 11am The Trouble with Truth COSATU Rally, Good Hope Centre Mark 0741036704
Tues 1 May 4pm The Imam & I Labia Theatre Vinayak 0791658873
Wed 2 May 6pm The Battle of Hangberg, followed by discussion with the filmmaker Mannenberg People’s Centre Rugchanda 0837691296
Wed 2 May 7pm Wikileaks, Wikirebels Rooftop Cinema, Penthouse, Long St Murray 0726725468
Thurs 3 May 6pm The Most Dangerous Man in America, followed by discussion with Ivor Powell, investigative journalist Labia Theatre Vinayak 0791658873
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