Hmm, what am I inspired to blog about today? Let’s see…
How wonderful to enjoy this freedom of expression. Imagine if it were axed?
Today is Media Freedom Day here in South Africa, kicking off the Right2Know Week of Action campaign. The objective is to lobby our government to “Stop the Secrecy Bill! Let the Truth Be Told!”. The bill is before Parliament as I write. It could “have the combined effect of fundamentally undermining the right to access information and freedom of expression enshrined in the Constitution.”
To offset the sombreness of the message, these two pics remind us that it pays to look up. I shot them just over our road this morning, to share a taste of the Jacaranda trees that are blossoming everywhere. Please excuse the imperfect focus – it was a bit windy.
And here’s a quote to go with that:
“An optimist is the human personification of spring.” – Susan J. Bissonette
On that note, I’m rooting for the Secrecy Bill to be stopped!
- Nadine Gordimer goes back into battle (guardian.co.uk)
- Gordimer: freedom of expression threatened in S.Africa, calls on other writers to speak out (foxnews.com)
- Gordimer: free expression threatened in S.Africa (sfgate.com)
- Gordimer: free expression threatened in S.Africa (seattletimes.nwsource.com)