Name the Chapter of the South African Constitution that guarantees the rights to free press.
The Chapter of the South African Constitution that guarantees the rights to free press.
Freedom of the Press is protected by Section 16 of the Constitution, which states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, which includes freedom of the press and other media.”
Section 16 of the Constitution: Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, which includes— (a) freedom of the press and other media; (b) freedom to receive or impart information or ideas; (c) freedom of artistic creativity; and (d) academic freedom and freedom of scientific research.
The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) recognises the extreme importance of constitutionally protected press freedom. Under the repressive apartheid regime, preceding South Africa’s Constitutional democracy, freedom of expression, particularly that of the media was severely stifled. This repression occurred in the name of so-called ‘national interests’, particularly to silence opposition toward the racist and unequal policies of apartheid.