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Clause 24: Access to information

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Diane Victor
This clause defines the right of everyone to have access to any information held by the state and any information held by another person that is required for the exercise or protection of any rights. The free access to, and ready availability of, news and information is expressed in Diane Victor's accessible image of a newspaper man shouting out the news, accompanied by the rooster and ringing telephones. The newspaper's sensational headline speaks of exposed fraud, suggesting that no scandal is being covered up by censorship. The repression of the past has been crushed - symbolised by the dead snake in the man's hand - and the records have been opened, indicated by the books on the floor.

Born in 1964 in Witbank, Gauteng, Diane Victor graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is presently lecturing part-time at the University of Pretoria and Wits Technikon. She has exhibited since 1987 in South Africa and Europe and has won several awards.

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