Black Wednesday: The banning of independent media in apartheid South Africa

October 19, 1977, is remembered in South African history as Black Wednesday, a day when the apartheid government clamped down on independent media. That day, the government also banned Black Consciousness organisations and detained many activists.

October 19 is now remembered as #NationalPressFreedomDay in present-day South Africa. It is a day to reflect on how far the country has come in realising press freedom and how the media still plays its part in strengthening democracy in the country.

Our CEO Paula and Stellenbosch University journalism lecturer and researcher Marenet Jordaan were recently on Full View on SABC discussing the importance of independent media for South Africa’s democracy. Watch the conversation below.

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