Was Mbeki wrong about Press Freedom in 1996?

In his inauguration speech for the South African National Editors’ Forum in 1996, former President Thabo Mbeki said: “It is my own firm view that Press Freedom in our country is not under threat” and that “no forces or institutions exist within our society which have the strength or power significantly to compromise such freedoms as those of expression and the press”. That was then, this is now. Let’s relive that year. Continue reading

My highlights for 2010. What’s yours?

For me personally, I’d like to think that media freedom and the threat thereof have been one of the highlights for this year. For example: there is now Zapiro vs. Zuma issue underway and just before that we had the successful Supreme Court of Appeal ruling in favouring the Mail & Guardian newspaper and giving the presidency seven days to issue the newspaper with the Zimbabwe report commission by former president Thabo Mbeki although this is likely to be challenged through the Constitutional Court.  Continue reading

Did Mandela sell us out black people?

When former President Nelson Mandela’s wife, Winnie, reportedly said in an interview with The London Evening Standard newspaper in March last year that the old man “had let us [black people] down” and that he apparently agreed to a bad deal for us black people and that nothing seems to have changed as “economically, we [black] are still on the outside” and that “the economy is very much white” – many people said that was not true. But come on, really? What has changed anyway? Continue reading