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World Press Freedom Day 2005

In celebration of World Press Freedom day, MMP considers factors promoting and impeding our press freedom. Despite the fact that press freedom is guaranteed in the constitution, several factors threaten to undermine true press freedom. This piece discusses the impact of limitations, which our neighbouring countries are experiencing. Commercial pressure and tabloidisation are discussed as well as human rights stories as a press freedom issue.

Bringing corporates to the campaign

Government has spearheaded the campaign, media has taken its aims and objectives on board, and civil society organisations have been driving the process. The MMP’s challenge presents South Africa’s biggest companies with a clear opportunity to take the 16 Days campaign beyond the 16th day.

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