The South African National Editors’ Forum, SANEF ,commemorated Black Wednesday with a gala dinner on Friday night. The day honors the lives and work of journalists who fought for media freedom in the country. In his keynote address, deputy governor of the Reserve Bank, Kuben Naidoo, highlighted the importance of ethics and integrity of media practitioners. Today marks the 42nd anniversary of Black Wednesday.
It was the day in 1977 when the apartheid government shut down three independent newspapers – The World, Weekend World and Pro Veritas – and arrested their editors. Nineteen black consciousness organisations were also banned. For more on this we are joined on the line by the Press Ombudsman Pippa Green.
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