South Africa commemorated the World Press Freedom Day and 18 years of democracy.
However, the proposed Protection of State Information Bill (Secrecy Bill), which is widely criticised for its failure to protect whistle-blowers, means that freedom of the press remains a talking point.
The South African National Editors Forum’s (SANEF) Nick Dawes, points out that the role of a free press is crucial for our democracy, adding that there are some warning lights flashing that the quality for that environment and the room in which operate, may diminish if we are not careful.
In the same vein, African National Congress spokesperson, Jackson Mthembu, insists that the Bill, which is currently before the National Council of Provinces, is centred around the principle that, “...we should not allow people to have a playground in South Africa to play with our sovereignty."
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