The SAJBD has become involved in a number of activities related to freedom of information in South Africa.
- In March 2011, the Board made a submission to the Press Freedom Commission (PFC) on how print media should best be regulated. Senior Researcher and Diplomatic Liaison Steven Gruzd’s presentation to the PFC on 31 January 2012 at their Johannesburg hearings on press regulation.
- In July 2011, Senior Researcher and Diplomatic Liaison Steven Gruzd joined the Gauteng Working Group of the Right2Know campaign, a broad coalition of civil society groups advocating for the right to know, and in particular on the Protection of State Information Bill (POSIB). He has been actively involved in the campaign, including at a picket outside Luthuli House, the ANC’s Headquarters, in November 2011. Read his article in the SA Jewish Report.
- A submission on the POSIB, including concerns about its constitutionality, was made to the National Assembly in July 2011.
- A new submission on the revised POSIB was made by the Board to the National Council of Provinces in February 2012, after a call for public comment. Steven Gruzd presented it to the NCOP in Cape Town on 29 March 2012. Click here for the presentation slides and here for photos. Additional notes were submitted to the NCOP on 2 April 2012 on the Public Interest Defence. See here for news coverage by IOL and Parliamentary Monitoring Group and here for an article about the sumbission in the SA Jewish Report
For more information, please contact Steven Gruzd