President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his latest weekly newsletter, has nuanced the state of journalism in the country, suggesting that there have been improvements despite an increase in intimidations.
The President’s Desk took to Twitter on Monday, 3 May 2021, to share the weekly newsletter by President Cyril Ramaphosa. The latest newsletter detailed the progress made in ensuring the protection of freedom of speech, particularly as it relates to journalism in South Africa. The newsletter has been presented as a conclusion to Freedom Month in the country, which was observed in April.
According to the newsletter, the current state of journalism is better than in the past, where journalists faced intimidation and death threats. Moreover, the newsletter suggested that the country has a more robust investigative journalism sector than ever. However, the newsletter relented, “The report also notes an increase during 2020 of the intimidation of journalists, especially female journalists on social media. Such intimidation is totally unacceptable, but is particularly harmful when it is directed at female journalists and is occasionally accompanied by threats of sexual violence. This is a matter of great concern and cannot be allowed.”
In conclusion, the newsletter highlighted the importance of the media in information generation and the importance of maintaining the credibility of journalism. In recent history, that credibility has been called into question, particularly the manner in which some political figures are reported on compared to others.
See the post below.
From The Desk of The President – Monday, 03 May 2021 – https://t.co/CyEoyd8YkD
As we conclude Freedom Month, we recall how far we have come from the days where social protest by artists attracted banning orders, and critical reporting by journalists risked imprisonment pic.twitter.com/DSMnWET7E9
— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) May 3, 2021