17 October 2017

South Africa: Government Congratulates the Star Newspaper

press release

Government congratulates The Star newspaper for its 130 years of contribution to the journalism practice in the country. The Star was established on 17 October 1887 and its reporting contributed towards the development of Johannesburg. The newspaper celebrates its inception in a week that marks Media Freedom.

Over the decades the newspaper expanded rapidly and has become part of the daily routine of its readers.

Acting Director-General, Phumla Williams, said: "The Star has played a pivotal role in shaping South Africa's media landscape. Through this information tidal wave readers were kept abreast of the many changes that occurred in the country, such as the discovery of gold to the realisation of a democratic state and a free press, amongst others. It has also been a participant in embracing technology through which the media functions on a daily basis. These fundamental changes have impacted South Africa in many ways."

Government encourages The Star to further journalism excellence through fair, balanced and objective reporting as the media plays an important role in transforming and addressing challenges we face as a country.

Issued by: Government Communications

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