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Government Commemorates Media Freedom

19 October 2016

19 October 2016

Government joins South Africa's media in commemorating the anniversary of Media Freedom Day known as "Black Wednesday" and commends the media industry in its role towards strengthening the country's democracy.

The South African media plays a critical role in shaping public discourse, equipping citizens with information and enabling public participation. It is through an informed and participative citizenry that, together with government, we continue to move South Africa forward.

South Africa today can proudly celebrate a free media which is vital to a healthy and vibrant democracy. The Constitution explicitly protects this hard fought freedom that is recognized as playing a critical role in the advancement of national unity and equality for all.

Acting Director-General of GCIS, Donald Liphoko, said, “The role played by the media in exposing the apartheid regime will not be forgotten. Today, government celebrates the country's media as instrumental in realizing the National Development Plan’s vision   eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030.”

Media is a partner in nation building and in creating an inclusive society built on democratic values.

Government believes more work must be done in deepening this partnership to produce a more reflective and fuller South African story. 

Donald Liphoko
Cell: 082 901 0766

Issued by Government Communication and Information System

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