President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged journalists to maintain their credibility by not permitting themselves or their platforms to be used to battle political battles or settle scores on behalf of vested pursuits.
In his weekly letter to the nation, Ramaphosa says disseminating tales which are inaccurate or false will end result within the public shedding religion within the establishment.
On the commemoration of World Press Freedom day on Monday, the President has lauded the work of the nation’s media who he says have performed a pivotal position in uncovering the true extent of seize of the state by self-serving, corrupt people and entities.
Ramaphosa has referred to as on South Africans to jealously safeguard media freedom lamenting a rise throughout 2020 of the intimidation of journalists as reported by Reporters Without Borders in its newest report.
He says a sturdy media is extra crucial than ever because the nation battles the COVID-19 pandemic.
He has urged the media to transcend the headlines and report tales that contribute to human improvement reminiscent of gender-based mostly violence, crime, and social ills like substance abuse.
Below is the president’s letter:
SANEF is worried concerning the continued utterances from senior political leaders naming journalists & interfering within the operations of newsrooms – the center of the media freedom bulwark. https://t.co/opSY2WEEYr @sbungalwa@nwabisa_mak@hlatseentle@MaryPapayya@AIP_RSA@Waarheid
— SANEF (@SAEditorsForum) May 2, 2021