THE FEAR­LESS SUNA VENTER

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - FILTER -

Scrolling through a news­feed, we of­ten for­get the bat­tles fought by jour­nal­ists to uphold ethical re­port­ing in jour­nal­ism. We have been re­minded of that re­cently with the SABC be­ing thrown into the head­lines while at the helm of Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng. Eight jour­nal­ists spoke out about their reser­va­tions on editorial poli­cies at the SABC, where it was pro­posed that con­tent be cen­sored, and it re­sulted in their sus­pen­sion. In the case of one of these jour­nal­ists, it even­tu­ally cost her her life. At only 32, Suna Venter suc­cumbed to the stress of in­tim­i­da­tion, and as­sault. She was found dead in her flat in Johannesburg on 29 June 2017 from car­diomy­opa­thy (bro­ken-heart syn­drome). Suna’s death is a re­minder that free­dom of speech is not a given. It is a priv­i­lege in our so­ci­ety, some­thing that we must fight for. We re­mem­ber Suna Venter be­cause she al­ways an­swered 'yes' to the ques­tion tat­tooed on her arm: WERE YOU BRAVE?

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