Khulekani Magubane, in an article titled ‘SA’s low press freedom rank ‘unfair’, says that on World Press Freedom Day, celebrated globally on 3 May, South African media remain in an uncertain position.
Magubane argues that although the African National Congress (ANC) gave a warm reception to the Press Freedom Commission (PFC) report on media regulation released last week, the proposed Media Appeals Tribunal and the Protection of State Information Bill remain contentious issues.
He explains that SA dropped to number 42 on Reporters Without Borders’ press freedom ranking earlier this year - its lowest position since being placed 43rd in 2007.
He further quotes Jane Duncan, chair of media and information society in the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, as saying that the low ranking is ‘disappointing but not surprising’.
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