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Turning South Africa into security state

 

CAPE TOWN (CNS): A law passed in November by the parliament of South Africa to protect state secrets could turn the country into a security state, the archbishop of Cape Town maintains.

Archbishop Stephen Brislin says that the Protection of State Information Bill, which allows any government agency to apply for classification of information that is deemed as being valuable to the state, would criminalise the possession and distribution of so-called state secrets.

Archbishop Brislin said in a statement on January 19, “It does not serve the interests of the nation and can be used to damage our democracy.”

The archbishop of Cape Town added, “We, the Catholic Church in Cape Town, strongly appeal to the National Council of Provinces to amend (the bill and) to bring it in line with our constitutional right to freedom of information.”......

 

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