Tuesday this week, the 19th October, was National Media Freedom Day in South Africa. There was certainly much cause to celebrate the day this year given recent events – not least because Freedom House’s annual index report on Freedom of the Press downgraded South Africa and neighbouring Namibia to partially free from its previously free status. Wait, that might be a bad thing.
“After exhibiting steady improvements since the end of apartheid, South Africa has been consistently ranked free by the [Freedom House] survey since 1995. In recent years, however, there have been a number of worrying trends, including more hostile government rhetoric toward the media, increasing political interference in the editorial independence of the SABC, the use of gag orders and other legal mechanisms to restrict reporting, and concentration of ownership in the print and broadcast sectors.”
A couple of weeks ago Wonkie published the Dummies Guide to Corruption in South Africa which described how senior government officials could easily use the Protection of Information Bill to stifle the media. It is quite ironic that the very type of legislation – also incidentally deemed in the national interest by the apartheid government – is currently being seriously considered by the ANC in spite of its obvious constitutional implications.
Black Wednesday exists to commemorate the banning of several black consciousness organisations and some newspapers – viz. The World and Weekend World, on 19 October 1977 by the apartheid regime. The World editor, Percy Qoboza, was arrested and jailed along with several other journalists. A number of political parties including Helen Zille’s DA and Azapo, and a coalition of over 370 organisations fronting as the Right2Know campaign are battling to keep what seems to be a derailed ANC intent on repeating the mistakes of the past honest.
Wonkie considered the possibility that the ANC’s intentions are already honest but just misinterpreted by absolutely everybody outside the party. In that case, one has to wonder though if the ANC is taking affirmative action one step too far by trying their best to create an equivalent travesty in the hopes of calling it White Wednesday someday.
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