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World press freedom day edition
African diplomats lobbied the world to secure a global day for press freedom
Alain Modoux* On 3 May 2022, the world celebrates for the 29th consecutive time "World Press Freedom Day", the principle of which was decided by consensus in December 1993 by the United Nations General Assembly. By choosing this date, the Assembly wished to pay...
What is to be done to restore public trust in journalists and journalism?
By Zubeida Jaffer World Press Freedom Day 2022 (3 May https://www.thejournalist.org.za/spotlight/a-gift-to-the-world-from-african-journalists/) takes place at a time when the world is caught in an information war. Not only does humanity teeter at the edge of a third...
Politics and Media Freedom
Dr. Onkgopotse JJ Tabane Dr. Onkgopotse JJ Tabane argues that media and politics cannot be separated as both exist within the public sphere which should ideally afford all freedoms of expression. The Journalist publishes this commentary and excerpts from Tabane’s PhD...
The history of SA’s Media Freedom Day
Ongeziwe Babane and Phindile Xaba What came to be known as Black Wednesday – October 19, 1977 – has left an indelible blemish on the history of the National Party’s (NP’s) rule and its suppression of freedom of expression. On this bleak day, then apartheid state...
A gift to the world from African journalists
African journalists have given the profession World Press Freedom Day. Thirty years ago on 3 May 1991, they crafted and adopted the Windhoek Declaration on Press Freedom that remains the basis of this important day.
Art and the fight for freedom
The events of 21 March 1960 in Sharpeville forced South Africa’s artists to create work that responded to the political moment. Many used their creativity to bolster the liberation movement.
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