Witness Reporter
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26 Jul 2022
05:46

Letters | SA media under threat

Witness Reporter

South Africa is a democracy; the struggle for media and other freedoms was enshrined because of the contribution to its cause by the masses at large.

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Media freedom in South Africa is in serious jeopardy.

Not even during apartheid rule was the press under the type of pressure it is facing today.

To any intelligent observer, what we are witnessing today is tantamount to regime change in the boardroom using stealth, deception, intimidation and coercion.

South Africa is a democracy; the struggle for media and other freedoms was enshrined because of the contribution to its cause by the masses at large.

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So anyone attempting to destroy media freedom must be forewarned of resistance.

The press needs defenders. Ambushers pay lip service to media freedom while eroding it in insidious and sinister ways.

Millions of South Africans are watching anxiously this titanic battle between attacker and defender.

The outcome will alter the political and financial trajectory of this country.

No victors will emerge, only battered survivors who will rue their ill-conceived strategies.

The quest for dominance involving risky power play is tantamount to political roulette.

Aspiring political leaders from all sides of the political spectrum are watching anxiously.

Calls are being made to bring the combatants to their senses.

Should that fail, we could witness political intervention that will destroy financial, economic and sound business stability.

Do not walk on a minefield with your eyes closed. Tread warily, we are all in a volatile situation.

FAROUK ARAIE
Gauteng
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