ARTICLES RELATING TO MEDIA FREEDOM

SA government's take on surveillance law is regressive

2019-06-08 08:00

The country’s main communication surveillance law is undermined by the fact that decisions to grant interception directions are taken by only one retired judge, working alone without the benefit of an adversarial process, says Jane Duncan.

'Raymond Louw was a media freedom fundamentalist' – Mathatha Tsedu

2019-06-05 14:05

Raymond Louw's defence of media freedom was to a point of being fundamentalist – he wouldn't give an inch. We would sometimes differ but only because Ray wanted more freedom, never less, says Mathatha Tsedu.

Sanef takes action as journalists continue to come under fire

2019-05-29 10:31

The South African National Editors' Forum says that progress is being made in the Equality Court case it initiated to protect journalists against harassment and abuse.

Everyone should be interested in media freedom – Robert McBride on World Press Freedom Day

2019-05-03 21:55

As the world celebrated World Press Freedom Day on May 3, former Independent Police Investigative Directorate head Robert McBride said it was in everyone's best interests to be "interested in the freedom of the media".

How South Africa ranks in the press freedom stakes

2019-04-26 19:00

It’s pleasing that the latest World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters without Borders rates the state of press freedom in South Africa as “satisfactory”. Satisfactory is the second best category after “good”.

Fighting fake news and disinformation ahead of the election

2019-03-08 05:00

One of the core challenges surrounding disinformation is that it is increasingly difficult to distinguish between what is credible and what is not, writes William Bird.

Forensic probe finds no Bosasa donation to SABC 8 campaign

2019-03-04 13:38

A Deloitte investigation has revealed that Bosasa did not pay R100 000 into a crowdfunding campaign for the SABC 8, according to the South African National Editors' Forum.

Standing up for Khashoggi is standing up for safety of journalists globally

2019-02-27 09:06

Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi wasn't the only journalist killed in 2018. Worldwide, UNESCO recorded the horrific total of 96 other murders for last year, writes Guy Berger.

Responsible media think deeply about their role in society

2018-12-04 08:24

Nobody has a natural right to have their utterances broadcast raw into people's homes. It's the job of journalists and editors to decide who and what should be covered as news and with what prominence, writes Max du Preez.

Malema: I will stop inviting the media

2018-11-28 09:56

Julius Malema and the EFF have been at loggerheads with the media following verbal attacks on journalists.

 

Raymond Louw was deeply committed to media freedom

2019-06-05 15:41

For more than seven decades, Raymond Louw was deeply committed to the media industry and to freedom of the press.

Palestinian photojournalist at risk of Israeli deportation

2019-06-02 08:58

Mustafa al-Kharouf, who has been living in occupied East Jerusalem, faces deportation to Jordan.

On Steve, Julius and the Christchurch murders: Why we need to talk about hate speech

2019-05-06 08:31

Perpetrators of hate speech and hate crimes have for far too long had unrestricted media channels to spew their hatred. But should the message, even though highly offensive, be sanitised so that it does not harm, asks George Claassen.

INSIDE LABOUR: Words as weapons and flawed democracy

2019-05-03 11:33

Words have the power to create illusions of reality and can trigger emotional responses rather than encourage critical thought,. They should be used wisely, says Terry Bell.

6 ways to spot trolls, tricksters and other underminers of democracy

2019-03-25 08:38

Democracy underminers will consistently seek to attack credible media not because they have a principled argument against them, but simply to sow doubt about the information, writes William Bird.

New Press Ombud Pippa Green committed to free, independent media

2019-03-07 04:59

Pippa Green's "extensive news media and academic experience, her commitment to freedom of expression, media ethics and journalistic standards as well as her high profile in the industry" have landed her the job of Press Ombud.

Revival of Afrikaans anti-apartheid paper is good news. But change is in order

2019-03-01 08:51

Vrye Weekblad provided the kind of journalism that many news consumers today – in a time of shrinking budgets, and receding arts coverage and investigative journalism – would still relish, writes Herman Wasserman.

SACP slams intimidation, threats against journalists

2018-12-15 13:58

'The SACP urges South Africans to unite against the regressive tendency, close ranks and defend, advance and deepen transformation.'

The enemy is corruption, not journalists - expert

2018-11-30 06:00

Dr Glenda Daniels, associate professor in media studies at Wits University and SA National Editors' Forum council member answers questions on how the media should cover controversial statements made by the EFF.

I never personally banned media from event - Bathabile Dlamini

2018-11-26 10:26

Minister in the Presidency Responsible for Women Bathabile Dlamini says she never barred eNCA from attending her event but is probing what happened between her officials and journalists.

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