Cape Town, South Africa, September 10, 2013--An arson attack that
destroyed a community radio station in South Africa is a disturbing sign of the
vulnerability of freedom of expression at the local level, the Committee to
Protect Journalists said today.
"Community media are often closest to some of the most contentious
stories and offer a vital space for discussion and debate, which must be
protected and respected," said CPJ's Africa Program Coordinator, Sue Valentine.
"We call on all political and community leaders to encourage their members to
respect freedom of expression and the independence of the media, and urge
police to investigate the attack and prosecute all those responsible."