As a radio station that seeks to produce content that is both empowering and entertaining to listeners, Maloyi added that they are “nevertheless encouraged by continued efforts by all involved to improve the standard of journalism in the country.” This is in light of the captivity of photojournalist Shiraaz Mohamed in Syria who, according to News 24, was kidnapped on 10 January while he was travelling to Turkey. Mohamed had been taking pictures of the Syrian civil war. Maloyi said that Tuks FM hopes Mohamed’s freedom will be “realised soon”.
Maloyi added that it was important for Tuks FM to “safeguard their media freedom” and with the 67 hour long broadcast, the station was able to “pay their respects” to the people that continually fight for media freedom.
South Africa ranks 31st out of 180 countries in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Maloyi describes this as “satisfactory” as he believes that “it still calls for vigilance in ensuring continued media freedom.” Furthermore Maloyi highlighted the important role media has to play in society, calling it a “mirror where we as a country and a nation can see ourselves”.
Notable guests during the broadcast included representatives from the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-SA) and Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI).
Webb, Van Wyk and Dlamini noted that although the drive was physically and emotionally taxing, they realised that it was for the greater good. Throughout the drive, Van Wyk said he hoped that their feat encouraged people to do even the minimum.
Photo: Kay O’Brien