19 October 2020
PRETORIA – Today marks the 43rd anniversary on the crackdown of the media and Black Consciousness Movement by the apartheid on 19 October 1977. This saw the closure of The World and Weekend World as well as other publications with Percy Qoboza editor of The World being detained along with other black consciousness activists. This day was commonly referred as Black Wednesday.
In commemorating this years’ National Media Freedom Day in South Africa the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) Director-General, Phumla Williams, said, “Government thanks all frontline journalists who have been working tirelessly to keep the country updated and help citizens understand the spread and consequences of Covid-19. We also remember those journalists that have lost their lives and those affected by the virus whilst providing the public with credible and reliable information.”
National Media Freedom Day is set aside to commemorate the freedoms of the media industry in South Africa.
“Media freedom plays an important role in strengthening the country’s democracy and is an essential pillar for promoting accountability, nation building and strong public debate. As we commemorate this important day, let us continue to further strengthen these relations and entrench the importance of independence of the media” Williams said.