Segment 1: The Right to Know


This segment introduces the right to know as a fundamental right, contained in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and enforecable in South Africa under section 32 of the Constitution and the Promotion of Access to Information Act 2 of 2000 (PAIA). The segment also highlights the importance of the right to access information in maintaining a democracy. It considers the veil of secrecy under which South Africa operated during the apartheid era and the need to dispel the myth that secrecy is safer than transparency. Finally, the segment emphasises the role of citizens in giving effect to the right to access information by demanding that information.

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Watch Segment 1 of the PAIA: Case Studies from Civil Society DVD