Today is National Press Freedom Day which commemorates the events of October 19, 1977, when apartheid authorities jailed a number of reporters.
President Jacob Zuma said the government is committed to deepening media freedom and diversity in South Africa.
He said this addressing a gathering of senior journalists and editors at the Sefako Makgatho presidential guesthouse in Pretoria on Sunday.
CapeTalk’s John Maytham spoke to Julie Reed, Gauteng Co-Ordinator at Right2Know, about the importance of freedom of the press.
Listen to the full conversation below:
The president’s words are welcomed as they are though they are pretty empty at the moment— Julie Reed, Gauteng Co-Ordinator at Right2Know
She says for the past five years there has been a significant and sharp decline in media freedom across the country.