The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) and the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ) wish to invite you to an important event to commemorate Black Wednesday, 19th October 1977, when 18 black consciousness organisations and mainly black newspapers were banned and journalists were detained. 

As South Africans living in a democracy for 24 years, it is imperative that we honour the freedoms which were won through much suffering and hardship. This is now guaranteed in our Constitution (S16 (1) (a) and cannot be taken for granted. For this reason, we wish to invite you to a roundtable discussion at our premises in Richmond. 


The programme will be as follows:

Chair:        Franz Kruger, Head of the Department of Journalism at Wits University.

Speaker:   Joe Thloloe – detainee, past Ombudsman, veteran journalist and editor

Speaker:   Institute for the Advancement of Journalism

Speaker:   James Ngcobo- Actor, Director and Artistic Director at the Market Theatre, Johannesburg

The above speakers will reflect on how the South African media and the writing landscape has progressed from 1977 to 2018 with memories of the past and an analysis of the present with its challenges.

It would be a great pleasure to host you and hear your valuable contributions. 

Date:  19th October 2018

Time:  11.00a.m. – 13:00 a.m.

Venue: 18 Cedar Road, Richmond Forum Building on the ground floor – IAJ offices

A light meal and refreshments will be served.

Please advise us by Wednesday 17th October 2018 if you will be attending.