Free voice

2008-04-02 00:00

IT was probably pure coincidence that the same issue of The Witness this week which reported that death threats had been made to two senior SABC reporters also quoted Chief Justice Pius Langa as emphasising the vital role of a free and independent media in a democracy. The courts, he said, do not want a media which is uncritical and over-respectful. And both the media and the judiciary are critical to the country “because they play a central role in keeping the government in check and holding it accountable for the exercise of its mighty powers”.

It is a message that some people in the executive need to hear

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