Remember 'Black Wednesday' - Motlanthe

2012-10-19 20:13

Johannesburg - "Black Wednesday" is commemorated to remind people of the moral and historical necessity to protect the country's democracy, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Friday.

"Government is encouraged by the steps taken by the print media to strengthen the regulation of journalistic practices," Motlanthe said in a statement.

"This is a step in the right direction, which will add impetus to the process of enhancing understanding between the general public and the media, and between government and media."

This understanding was important if the country wanted to maintain a robust and participatory democracy, he said. Motlanthe said the Constitution guaranteed freedom of expression, including freedom of the press.

Media Freedom Day commemorates 19 October 1977, also known as "Black Wednesday", when, under the apartheid government, three newspapers were banned and activists and journalists jailed.

Motlanthe said the media had to help the country understand its problems.

"[The] media have a vital role to play in helping the nation understand these challenges, point to potential solutions and maintain the perspective of the considerable achievements recorded since the dawn of democracy."

  • marc.schnehage - 2012-10-19 20:35

    Remember the Info-bill, Mothlante? What your Anc government wants to do is far worse than what the former government did! You want to hide your party and government members' corruption and theft by enacting a draconian piece of legislation.

      sani.ghana.3 - 2012-10-19 21:33

      the media tells us about the problems every day, we want for a change to hear our leaders speak about these problems and how they going to fix, always talk and then do nothing, Mr president and the violence and killings he never spoke to the nation about these, we had to hear from the reporters

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-19 20:51

    And what, Mothlanthe, do you think the cANCer media bill is all about? Some of us cannot have the wool pulled over our eyes because we what a lie is.

  • phahla.matwa - 2012-10-19 21:12

    Scrap da info bill. U wanna cover ur corruption

  • BulletProof. - 2012-10-19 21:49

    The people of South Africa will never abdicate from they freedom rights which this government is trying to take away with info bill crap.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-19 22:11

    Remember this, remember that. How about Remember the Oath of Office which contains, inter alia, the promise to uphold ALL the laws of the country and the Constitution. These have been designed to prevent any of the past atrocities and madness. Enough looking back. Time to act in accordance with both the spirit and the letter, so that we all get the future we were promised they would ensure.

  • attie.gerber.1 - 2012-10-20 07:17

    stop living in the past. no wonder things will change in this country. look at the future and see how you can improve this country. you can start with getting off cload 9 and face reality by getting rid of corruption fraud wasteful spending of govt money. if this is gone you do not have to be scared of the media anymore. or is this your way of job creation in the media

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-10-20 15:02

    Wake up Motlante! cANCer has turned every day of the week into a black, bleak, depressing and disaster-ridden day in South Africa! We are the capital of the 'dark continent'!

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