'Media freedom under attack'

Amnesty International says media freedom has increasingly come under attack in many countries across Africa.

Members of the press. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As the world celebrates World Press Freedom Day today, Amnesty International says media freedom has increasingly come under attack in many countries across Africa.

The rights based organisation has made a strong call to governments to ensure journalists can do their work without fear or intimidation.

Amnesty International says journalism is not a crime and state security agencies, particularly in South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe must stop targeting journalists for exposing corruption.

The group's Robert Shivambu says leaders should not expect journalists to do their jobs while they are being targeted for exposing corruption.

"It's a profession like any other and should be seen as such, state security agencies must stop targeting journalists."

Shivambu says leaders should not blame journalists for doing their jobs when they make reckless statements in public.

"We've seen leaders in South Africa making reckless statements about journalists without substantiating

The group says media freedom in South Africa is threatened by the government as it continues to push for a tribunal to regulate the media under the guise of transformation.