Media freedom is on the decline in South Africa - Right2Know

Today is National Press Freedom Day which commemorates the events of October 19, 1977, when apartheid authorities jailed a number of reporters.

President Jacob Zuma said the government is committed to deepening media freedom and diversity in South Africa.

He said this addressing a gathering of senior journalists and editors at the Sefako Makgatho presidential guesthouse in Pretoria on Sunday.

CapeTalk’s John Maytham spoke to Julie Reed, Gauteng Co-Ordinator at Right2Know, about the importance of freedom of the press.

Listen to the full conversation below:

The president’s words are welcomed as they are though they are pretty empty at the moment

Julie Reed, Gauteng Co-Ordinator at Right2Know

She says for the past five years there has been a significant and sharp decline in media freedom across the country.

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