Free press is key for democracy – envoy

source: IOL
August 18 2010 at 10:59PM
By Ed Cropley

The United States joined the chorus of disapproval of proposed changes to South Africa’s media laws that some campaigners have likened to the draconian press curbs of the apartheid era.

Speaking at the South African Institute of International Affairs on Wednesday, US ambassador Donald Gips urged the African National Congress to maintain the commitment to openness that has marked its rule since the end of minority rule in 1994.

“The overturning of apartheid offered South Africans opportunities to come together to create a constitution that is a model both in terms of citizen responsibility and for its protection of the freedoms so many fought to [continue reading]

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