Monday is World Press Freedom Day. Stellenbosch University Department of Journalism chair Professor Lizette Rabe explains why this is so important to you.
The true meaning of media freedom has just been emphasised, and this from a most unlikely source. Not only did President Cyril Ramaphosa, before the Zondo Commission, laud the media’s "patriotic" and "phenomenal" role in exposing state capture, but Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo’s team underlined this by saying that media investigations "have to a large extent facilitated the commission’s work".
In fact, there is no greater feather in the media’s cap – or greater proof that media freedom is the very last pillar that ensures democracy. That’s why we as a public should celebrate World Press Freedom Day, because that’s exactly what media freedom is about: Holding the powerful accountable.