In celebration and commemoration of World Press Freedom Day today, government has reassured its commitment to uphold the right to freedom of expression and independence of the media. This year’s theme provides an opportunity to discuss and debate the development and protection of human rights with a focus on the link to freedom of expression within the overall human rights agenda. For South Africa, this day follows on the heels of Freedom Day, in which the country celebrated freedoms gained since the advent of democracy. It is acknowledged that freedom of expression by the press functions as an enabler for other human rights. Acting Government Spokesperson Mr Michael Currin on Commemoration of World Press Freedom Day.
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