The arrival of democracy in South Africa brought with it unprecedented freedom for its media. No longer shackled by the myriad of laws it had to endure under apartheid, the right to freedom of expression had now been enshrined in its new negotiated Constitution. This guarantee notwithstanding, the relationship between journalists and the African National Congress (ANC)-led government has been tense at times, as both parties negotiated the rules and responsibilities of the media in a new democracy.
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Published in the January 2012 edition of the World Today, published by Chatham House.