The Star celebrates 130 years

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Government has congratulated The Star newspaper for its 130-year contribution to journalism.

The newspaper was established on 17 October 1887 and its reporting has immensely contributed towards the development of Johannesburg. The newspaper celebrates its inception in a week that marks Media Freedom. 

In a statement, Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) acting Director General, Phumla Williams, said the paper has expanded rapidly, becoming part of the daily routine of its readers.

The Star has played a pivotal role in shaping South Africa’s media landscape. Through this information tidal wave, readers were kept abreast of the many changes that occurred in the country, such as the discovery of gold to the realisation of a democratic state and a free press, amongst others.

“It has also been a participant in embracing technology through which the media functions on a daily basis. These fundamental changes have impacted South Africa in many ways,” said Williams.

Government encouraged The Star to further journalism excellence through fair, balanced and objective reporting, as the media plays an important role in transforming and addressing challenges the country faces. –

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