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Alison Tilley

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Alison Tilley is an attorney working at the Open Democracy Advice Centre as the CEO. She specialises in right to know law. She is a founding trustee of the Women's Legal Centre, and has a keen interest in gender issues.

Amend the Information Bill

The debate about the Secrecy Bill has shifted a little, from “OMG, what were they thinking” to a more nuanced discussion about what outcomes the…

Paranoid about the secrecy bill?

They say paranoia is just being in possession of all the facts. Clearly the minister of state security knows more than I do — he…

Asking nicely…is a bad position to be in

According to current victims’ services policies in South Africa, victims of crime generally have the right to request information about the status of their case,…

Crime and empowerment

I met a really interesting Syrian football fan in Nature’s Valley in the Western Cape during the World Cup. His way of avoiding the apparently…

Noel Robb: One of the good ones

I met Noel Robb at a momentous time, for the country and myself. I had just decided to give up practice as a lawyer, and…

Mbeki as tragic hero — not

I am as sentimental as the next person. Really, I am. And I did my Shakespeare at school, and I know the story about the…

That cartoon

Rape. It is a hard thing to think about, and not usually the subject of cartoons. Did the Zapiro cartoon cross the line? And what…

Games over, free Tibet

‘Games over, Free Tibet’ is one of the really good slogans coming out of the Free Tibet campaign. The campaign has got a lot of…