The Importance Of Press Freedom In South Africa

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Press freedom.
Press freedom, or freedom of the media is the freedom of communication and expression through mediums including various published material and electronic media. Freedom of press is the right to publish newspapers, magazines, and other printed matter without governmental restriction and subject only to the laws or libel, inattentively, sedition. In addition, it also means the right to circulate opinions in print without censorship by the government (freedom of press: 2013).
History of press freedom
South Africa has a long history of oppression and suppression. According to (David :2007 p:28), locally produced newspapers did not appear in south Africa until a century and a half after the occupation of the cape by Van Riebeeck in
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Freedom for the media is a freedom on behalf of the public and must never develop a disconnected freedom in it is own right, it need to work on behalf of the people and for their right to express in the public sphere (freedom of press:2013).
Press freedom is always crucial, particularly in 2014. This is because people have seen governments and corporations restricting internet freedom in many places, and in South Africa we are not yet out of the forests with regard to the media tribunal and privacy().
The current situation regarding press freedom
Freedom of the press index assesses the amount of print, broadcast, and internet freedom in every country in the world, examining the procedures or events and developments of each chart, ranking are determined through an examination of three broad categories, the legal environment in which media work, political influences on reporting and access to information and economic pressures on content and the distribution of news (Dunham:
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Rating reflect not just government actions and policies, but then the behaviour of the press itself in testing boundaries, even more restrictive environments, as well as the impact of non-state actions. Each country receives a numerical rating from ( the most free) to 100( the least free) which serves as the basis for a press freedom status designation of free, partly free, or not free((Dunham: 2012).
Economic category
Economic freedom is the important right of every human to control his or her own labour and property. In an economically free society, individuals are free to work, produce, consume, and invest in any way they please. In economically free societies, governments allow labour, capital and goods to move freely, and refrain from pressure or constraint of liberty beyond the extent basic to protect and maintain liberty itself ().
Mechanism that are in place to regulate
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