Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma was strongly urged to ban the Secrecy Bill and send it back to Parliament for reconsideration before the elections.
On Sunday, International Press Institute (IPI) executive director Alison Bethel McKenzie said it was not too late for Zuma to add his name and personal commitment to abolish the law.
Bethel McKenzie was speaking at the official opening of the institute’s 63rd World Congress in Cape Town.
“Doing so is not just important to South Africa, it is important to all of Africa and beyond because it sends the message that Africans can be global leaders on this issue… as Ghana did when it abolished criminal defamation more than a decade ago,” said McKenzie.
In her formal report to the congress on the state of press freedom worldwide, she told delegates how journalists had come under siege throughout the world.