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South African universities speak out on Protection of Information Bill

The Protection of Information Bill was detrimental to the core functioning of higher education, Higher Education South Africa (Hesa), a body representing 23 South African universities said recently.

“Access to information is the cornerstone not only to the functioning democracy but it is central to the enterprise of the university. Specifically, because of the negative way it might impact on Sections 32 – access to information – and 16 – freedom of speech – of the Constitution, the proposed Bill is potentially detrimental to the core functioning of higher education.”  The body said without access to information the process of knowledge generation would be hampered, and without freedom of speech, “academic freedoms would be placed in jeopardy”

To read more go to the Sapa article on Dispatch Online by Clicking Here!

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