Protesters take part in a demonstration against the Protection of Information Bill in Cape Town September 17, 2011.

Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer has said the proposed Protection of State Information Bill goes “totally against all ideas of freedom”, The Times reported on Monday.

“People have fought and died to gain the opportunity for a better life, which is ruined and dirtied by corruption,” the South African-born writer was quoted as saying.

“The corrupt practices and nepotism that they (politicians) allow themselves is exposed if we have freedom of expression.

“When we all voted together, which was a great moment in my life, (we thought) everything would be all right. That was a childish idea.”

The comments were made at an 88th birthday celebration on Sunday. - Sapa