We’v e said so before. These Right2Know people really know what they’re doing.

This week they organised a march to Parliament to hand over a 11 000 strong petition against the Protection of Information Bill, as well as a memorandum, signed by 500 of SA’s writers, including JM Coetzee and Nadine Gordimer. Around 2000 people took part, from all walks of life – black, white, Indian, coloured, Rastafarian, you name it. Some of the more well-known names that spoke in front of our government’s buildings were Kadar Asmal, former Minister of Education, Andre Brink, famous South African author, Nic Dawes, Mail & Guardian editor, Tony Ehrenreich, Cosatu provincial secretary and satire cartoonist, Jonathan Shapiro, aka Zapiro.

Another march was organised by Right2Know in Jozi, where a few hundred people marched on Constitution Hill. Participants of this march including our very much-loved Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Media Institute of Southern Africa, Media Monitoring Africa, the Professional Journalists Association, and writer Nadine Gordimer herself.

Read more about the marches at:

http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/western-cape/withdraw-info-bill-ehrenreich-1.689560?showComments=true

http://www.businessday.co.za/articles/Content.aspx?id=124237

We love the message from Andre Brink to our government (he did give a family-friendly version of it afterwards):

You can not fuck with writers!

Go Andre!

Here are some pics from the march in Cape Town.

Viva freedom of speech, viva!!!!

 

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