NEWSWATCH: Mail & Guardian reports that Moeletsi Mbeki is demanding R20m from the newspaper and also that Iqbal Survé, South Africa's latest media mogul and the new owner of Independent News & Media South Africa (INM), is either a man with a vision... or political motives. Meanwhile, David Bullard, writing in Politicsweb, reckons Oscar Pistorius is living the Twitter nightmare.
Mail & Guardian: Moeletsi Mbeki demands R20m from M&G for 'defamatory' stories... According to the newspaper, it received a letter from Mbeki's lawyers on Friday and in it "Mbeki claimed that two articles written by senior Mail & Guardian politics reporter Mmamaledi Mataboge contained content that was 'wrongful and defamatory'."
Mail & Guardian: New media boss either has vision or political motives... Iqbal Survé, South Africa's latest media mogul and the new owner of Independent News & Media South Africa (INM), apparently reckons "there is potential for print growth in Africa, digital expansion and more vernacular-based newspapers". However, according to Mail & Guardian, some media commentators are wondering whether he is a well-connected businessman driven by political motives, or a "visionary blinded by civic duty to keep the product locally owned".
Print, as we all know, is under pressure from digital online media so perhaps the question one should ask is: Do commentators on the print media scene reckon Iqbal Survé knows enough about publishing to make a go of his new acquisition?
Politicsweb: Oscar Pistorius: Living the nightmare... Every Tom, Dick, Jane and Sipho out there are commenting on the Oscar Pistorius case. Hell, even Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana, saw fit to ignore the fact that Pistorius still has to stand trial and that in this country you are actually innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, and apparently demanded the man not get bail.
David Bullard, writing in Politicsweb, reckons Twitter offers a frighteningly accurate real time measure of public opinion on the murder case; I reckon this is perhaps even more so when you have a government minister, albeit rightly outraged at the violent death of yet another woman in this country, demanding that Pistorius be treated like any other accused, but that he be denied bail.
It's said a week in politics is a long time; it seems a couple of days in the eye of a social media storm is even longer.
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