Join R2K for the 40th commemoration of Black Wednesday – the banning of Black Consciousness organization and newspapers in 1977:
MEDIA FREEDOM – A LONG ROAD TO GO STILL [FORUM]
19 OCTOBER 2017
18:00 – 20:00
ISIVIVANA CENTRE, 8 MZALA STREET, KHAYELITSHA
BLACK WEDNESDAY and the suppression of media and social organizations that occurred on 19 October 1977. Including the banning of: The World and the Weekend World. The newspapers editor Percy Qoboza and other journalists were subsequently arrested and jailed. The move was an attempt to gag the media and muzzle all those exposing the government’s dirty work. 40 years since, what is the state of the media, is the media free?
Guest speakers include:
Lukhanyo Calata (SABC TV reporter in parliament) on Media freedom and the public broadcaster
Alide Dasnois (Veteran journalist, former editor of Business Report, of the Pretoria News and until 2013 of the Cape Times. Winner of the 2014 Nat Nakasa award for courage and integrity in journalism. Associate editor of GroundUp since 2014) Reflecting on experiences within the mainstream media
Lydia Plaatjies (New Media Activist) Gatekeeping at the public broadcaster
Martin Jansen (Director of Workers World Media Productions) Speaking to the need for media freedom and diversity
Please join AmaBunghane, Right2Know, WorkersWorld and Amandla! on the 19 OCTOBER @ 6PM for an NB discussion on the media today. All welcome!