South Africans celebrate Freedom Day on April 27 each year to mark the country’s first democratic elections in 1994.
But “true freedom in South Africa can only be achieved when all voices are heard and recognized,” says Aneez Salie, editor-in-chief of Independent Media.
That’s why this year’s Independent Media Freedom Day campaign, #UnmuteFreedom, is a strong reminder that while the country has come far, it still has a long way to go until it there is complete inclusion and therefore real freedom.
“We’re not there yet, as the conversation is still, to a large extent, very one-sided, which is why Independent Media has pledged to stand up to prevent the chasm of silence from growing larger than ‘it isn’t already,’ says Salie mentioned.
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“We will never again allow South African voices to be silenced,” said Dr Iqbal Survé, Executive Chairman of Independent Media.
“This year’s Freedom Day is particularly poignant as our country faces increasing challenges given the continued onslaught of Covid-19, which has radically changed the goals in terms of freedoms we have always taken for granted. .
“This period of change has also highlighted the extent of the gap between issues such as decent, affordable and free education, where those without access to the modern tools that make the digital world go round are left behind. . by further emphasizing the differences that still divide us and prevent an economically prosperous egalitarian society from being realized, ”observed Dr Survé.
“Freedom does not require that there be free access for all to the country’s coffers, but future freedom requires that the people of South Africa are given the welcome, the means and the capacity to participate, which is currently denied to them.
“Sadly, over the past 27 years we have learned that we cannot take any form of freedom for granted, which is why our #UnmuteFreedom campaign encourages all South Africans to speak up and speak out in order to only those who can afford to make the changes that are still necessary for full independence to hear us – loud and clear, ”he said.
* Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #UnmuteFreedom and learn more about the campaign here.