South Africa

South Africa

Press freedom guaranteed but fragile

South Africa’s 1996 constitution protects the freedom of its very diverse media but apartheid-era legislation and the 2004 terrorism laws are used to limit coverage of governments institutions when “national interest” is supposedly at stake. The state security agency spies on some journalists and taps their phones. Others are harassed and subjected to intimidation campaigns if they try to cover certain subjects involving the ruling ANC party, government finances, the redistribution of land to the black population or corruption. An increase in abusive language and hate speech against journalists by an opposition leader in 2018 confirmed that press freedom has yet to be consolidated in South Africa

in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index



28 in 2018

Global score


20.39 in 2018

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2020
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