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The ‘dead hand of politics’ endangers ethical journalism, independence is vital

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The writer argues that indpendence of newsrooms is vital to ensure ethics are maintained. (Getty Images)
The writer argues that indpendence of newsrooms is vital to ensure ethics are maintained. (Getty Images)

George Claassen writes that the independence of newsrooms and journalists, which is vital in any democratic society and so often ignored by politicians - both the public and private sectors, as well as other powerful roleplayers - is repeatedly highlighted by the panel commissioned by Sanef to look into media ethics.

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