Media must be protected: Public Protector

South Africa’s media needs to be protected, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said on Friday.

“The media helps to keep democracy alive, though they sometimes get it wrong,” she told an Association of Independent Publishers conference in Johannesburg.

“What a sad day it would be that corruption were to continue because there was no media to inform us of it. Let us protect the media.”

Madonsela said it was society’s duty to protect the independence of the media, and indicated that the media helped her office perform its core functions.

“The media is the most effective accountability mechanism, as in the world it watches closely over those that exercise power in public platforms.”

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