THE FEARLESS SUNA VENTER
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?