THIRTY-TWO years after the banning of the World, where he worked under Percy Qoboza, media personality Thami Mazwai says he's happy with the state of the media.
"The media in South Africa is relatively free from interference," says Mazwai, who sings the government's praises for its conspicuous absence in the workings of the media.
He does not, however, think the same is true of business and certain sectors of civil society, who he accuses of trying to sway the media into a particular direction.
"We need to work hard to ensure that the media is completely free," he says.
Mazwai was a senior staffer at the World when the paper and several other media organisations were banned on this day in what has come to be known as Black Wednesday.
Mazwai, whose body of work in the media includes, heading Mafube Publishing, ruffled feathers a few years ago when he argued that objectivity was a myth. This was during a stint on the SABC board.
While he is satisfied with the general state of the country's media, he laments the fact that countries in the sub-continent do not enjoy the same freedom of expression: "Media freedom is a big problem in the SADC region".
"We need to work hard to ensure the removal of government influence in the media in southern Africa if we are to enjoy our own," says Mazwai, now head of the school of business enterprise at the Soweto campus of the University of Johannesburg.