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South Africa: Freedom of Information

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Conservative, Pendle

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the effect on the freedom of the media in the Republic of South Africa of the Protection of State Information Bill.

Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Britain is aware of strong concerns that have been raised by media and other rights groups that the Protection of State Information Bill could limit media freedom in South Africa. Our diplomatic missions in Pretoria and Cape Town will continue to monitor the Bill closely through the remaining stages of the parliamentary process.

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