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OPINION | When media ownership intertwines with news gathering, politics and profits

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Journalism for the public good, and in the public interest, can survive, grow and flourish but not through interference by owners, writes Rich Mkhondo.

As the lifeblood of democracy, the media sparks citizen participation and debate on social, political and economic issues, encourages effective public engagement with all spheres of government and civil society and expands the range and types of voices to ultimately enhance democracy.

By providing a range of information on which citizens can deliberate and make their own decisions, a healthy media industry is a key indicator of a fully functioning and thriving democratic system.

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