first_img Twitter arbitrarily blocks South African newsweekly and several reporters over Covid vaccine story Help by sharing this information South AfricaAfrica South AfricaAfrica RSF_en Reporters Without Borders hails today’s decision by President Jacob Zuma to refuse to sign the Protection of State Information Bill (POSIB) into law and instead send it back to the National Assembly for reconsideration.Adopted by the National Assembly on 25 April, the bill was widely criticized by the opposition, local media and international human rights organizations because of the danger it posed to investigative journalism.The bill provided for heavy penalties for journalists who would have revealed “State secrets”, including a prison sentence up to 25 years for “divulging classified information”. In a press release on 26 April, Reporters Without Borders had urged Zuma not to give his assent to the bill. “Jacob Zuma’s veto is a major victory for freedom of information in South Africa,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We hope the country’s parliamentarians will follow the lead set by their President and abandon the law.”More information on the POSIB bill. November 27, 2020 Find out more On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia News News News to go further November 19, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on South Africa Reports The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Photo: South African President, Jacob Zuma (Alexander Joe / AFP) Organisation September 12, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 President refuses to sign draconian bill into law February 4, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more