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.
|Fri 27 April||9am-3.30pm||“Speak out on Secrecy” – public meeting in Kliptown||Soweto Kliptown Youth,29 Station Rd Kliptown||Bongani 071043221|
|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|
|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
|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|