World Press Day: "Implementation of the Hate Crime Bill is problematic"

On 3 May the world marks World Press Freedom Day in celebration of the media and the role it plays in societies.

Media Freedom chairperson for Sanef, Sam Mkhokeli says in terms of the legal framework, South African media is free and it ranks ahead of countries like the United Kingdom.

However, he says government wanting to implement the Hate Crimes Bill is problematic as it makes some aspects of the journalistic work criminal.

That bill is in the same template as the bill we rejected dubbed as the secrecy bill.

Sam Mkhokeli, Sanef Media freedom Sub Committee Chairperson

Mkhokeli calls on South Africans to make sure that media freedom in this country is protected.

It is not just the right for journalists, it's the right for the public and media freedom is your freedom.

Sam Mkhokeli, Sanef Media freedom Sub Committee Chairperson

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