Paper Wars: Access to Information in South Africa

Edited by Kate Allan, SAHA's Freedom of Information co-ordinator from 2005 to 2007 and published by Wits University Press in 2009, 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.

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: Illuminating the Politics and the Practice of Access to Information in South Africa - Richard Calland Download Chapter 1 (2mb)

Chapter 2: Accessing the Records of the Truth and Reconciliation  Commission - Piers Pigou Download Chapter 2 (1.3mb)

Chapter 3: In the Dark: Seeking information about South Africa's  Nuclear Energy Programme - David Fig Download Chapter 3 (2mb)

Chapter 4: The Nuclear Weapons History Project - Chandre Gould Download Chapter 4 (2.2mb)

Chapter 5: Unlocking South Africa's Military Archives - Laura Pollecut Download Chapter 5 (1.7mb)

Chapter 6: Applying PAIA: Legal, Political and Contextual Issues - Kate Allan Download Chapter 6 (4.5mb)

Chapter 7: Conclusion: From Gatekeeping to Hospitality - Verne Harris Download Chapter 7 (1mb)