#Black Wednesday

2015-10-21 06:00

A FREE and active press is the life-blood of any self-respecting democracy. Express commemorates Black Wednesday when 38 years ago on 19 October 1977 several publications were banned in part as a way to squash the inevitable aftermath of the June 1976 uprisings. One of the main newspapers muzz­led during this blanket ban on newspapers was The World, a powerful voice speaking up for the other­wise heavily-oppressed black population, which a year earlier had informed the rest of the planet about the true state of affairs in South Africa by publishing the now-iconic photo of a dying Hector Peterson. This changed the course of our collective history forever. Lest we end up repeating the mistakes of the past, press freedom should always be protected while the same press also has a responsibility to execute their duties with great responsibility. – Jabulani Dlamini, Express editor

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