Kate O’Regan, founding director of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at the University of Oxford and a former judge of the Constitutional Court from 1994-2009, discusses free speech and media freedom in South Africa.
We require uncensored, diverse, trustworthy media so we can make well-informed decisions and participate fully in political life.
We – all human beings – must be free and able to express ourselves, and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas, regardless of frontiers.
We must be able to protect our privacy and to counter slurs on our reputations, but not prevent scrutiny that is in the public interest.
We must be empowered to challenge all limits to freedom of information justified on such grounds as national security.
We defend the internet and other systems of communication against illegitimate encroachments by both public and private powers.