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Attacks on the Press: Journalism on the World's Front Lines, 2015 Edition by Committee to Protect Journalists

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13. Outdated Secrecy Laws Stifle the Press in South Africa

By Ferial Haffajee

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A woman from the Right2Know campaign protests with her child against the Protection of State Information Bill, which would enable the prosecution of whistleblowers, public advocates, and journalists who reveal corruption, in Cape Town on April 25, 2013.

Source: AP/Schalk van Zuydam

Nelson Mandela regularly harangued the media once he’d been freed after 27 years of imprisonment by South Africa’s apartheid government. He would call individual journalists when he liked or disliked something they had written or when he wanted to advance a political lobby.

He once ...

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