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.

This publication can be downloaded free of charge by registered users of the SAHA site.

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 PigouDownload Chapter (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 GouldDownload Chapter 4 (2.2mb)

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

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

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

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You can order a copy of Paper Wars through Wits University Press. Follow the link below for further details.
Freedom of Information Programme
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In the archives
View many of the records that SAHA has obtained using PAIA.