Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Attempt to force journalist to reveal sources shows media freedom is under threat.


Retired police officer and Zondo Commision Investigator Frank Dutton is yet another significance that media freedom is still under attack. Dutton attempted to force an Independent media journalist to reveal private information. The financial sector sent investigators to the Sekunjalo offices to confiscate gadgets and communication devices in search for information related to share price manipulation. This is after the day Minister of Presidency Jackson Mthembu stated the government’s commitment to media freedom as the country celebrated the 42nd black Wednesday.
Media freedom forms an important cornerstone in a democratically society encouraged Mthembu, however cautioned that freedom comes with responsibility so media needs to self-reflect, and be careful about what they write about. National Editors Forum said as journalists their responsibility to tell the truth and their social licences to work depends on integrity and not on popularity.

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