MEDIA FREEDOM DAY: FREEDOM UNDER THREAT

Although media freedom in South Africa is guaranteed in theory in the constitution, in practice media freedom and freedom of speech is under threat in South Africa.

The greatest threat to media freedom in South Africa is self imposed censorship. Church leaders, academics and leaders in the business community are largely afraid to speak out and engage the ruling party in public debate for fear of retribution: all because they want to appear to be politically correct.

This conspiracy of silence is extremely detrimental to the advancement of democracy in our country today. Societies only advance when there is frank and open debate on the key issues that impact on them. The lack of open debate in South Africa today is giving a blank cheque to the ruling party to get away with the many ills that beset our society.

Critical voices are needed from all sectors of society. It is time that the self imposed censorship was brought to a halt and that those in leadership positions have the courage to fulfill their duties and responsibilities to society at large.

For further information, please contact Bobby Stevenson, MPL on 082 775 3444.

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