09 July 2009

Paper Wars: Access to Information in South Africa

The Johannesburg launch of Paper Wars: Access to informaiton in South Africa will be aBoekehuis, on Saturday 18 July.

'Paper Wars goes beyond being a valuable repository of freedom of information lore. It reflects upon the ‘multiple faces of information governance' and indeed upon secrecy itself. The volume presents new evidence and fresh thinking on this increasingly vital and global topic.'

Professor Jonathan Klaaren, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

The Johannesburg launch of SAHA's new publication, Paper wars: access to information in South Africa, is to be held at Boekehuis on Saturday 18 July, at 12:30.

Edited by Kate Allan, SAHA's Freedom of Information co-ordinator from 2005 to 2007, Paper Wars reflects upon the work SAHA has done around testing the parameters of South Africa's freedom of information legislation, the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA), and provides insight into some of the difficulties information activists and requesters have encountered as they have attempted to put South Africa's constitutional right of access to information into practice.

There will be an informal panel discussion on access to information in South Africa at the launch - the editor, Kate Allen will be in conversation with Verne Harris, Project Manager for the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory at the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Piers Pigou, Senior Associate at the International Center for Transitional Justice.

Date: Saturday, 18 July 2009

Time: 12:00 PM for 12:30 PM

Venue: Boekehuis, cnr Lothbury & Fawley Sts, Auckland Park, Johannesburg | Map

RSVP: 011 482 3609 / boekehuis@boekehuis.co.za