Assignment 1 COM3702 Essay

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Assignment 1: COM3702
Student no :

Unique no: 886406
Mr K Ndlovu

Declaration of own work
I, the undersigned, hereby declare that this is my own and personal work, except where the work(s) or publications of others have been acknowledged by means of reference techniques.
I have read and understood Tutorial Letter CMNALLE/301 regarding technical and presentation requirements, referencing techniques and plagiarism.
: Khumbulani Ndlovu
Student Number : 47004290
: 03 August 2014
: Prisca Ndhlovu
: 126 Dladla Street.Mofolo Village.Soweto.1801

Number of assignment
Unique number

: COM3702
: Media studies: policy, management and media representation
: 02
: 01
: 886406


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1.2 Freedom of the media
Democracy, the freedom of expression and the functions of media in society are three intertwined elements that can hardly be separated. These elements have to co-exist in unison if society is to develop as well as live in peace and harmony. Freedom of speech is a right that is found in a lot of countries’constitutions,South Africa being one such country.However,freedom of expression is not a given. It is a controversial subject that always causes friction between governments and the media. There are a lot of threats to freedom of expression in South Africa and the debates on the need or the lack of it normally hinge on the freedom of the media. Questions are raised as to whether such threats are justified or unwarranted.
1.2.1 The need for freedom of expression
Freedom of expression is a right that is enshrined in the constitution of South Africa. This freedom goes hand in hand with the freedom as well as the role of media in society. These elements cannot be separated. In democratic societies like South Africa, the need for freedom of expression cannot be over-emphasised. The media acts as the custodian of society and plays an oversight role when it comes to holding government officials to account. Freedom of expression is a pre-requisite in any democratic society in order to make sure that public officials do not get away with corruption, maladministration and lack of service

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