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Anton Harber
Nakasa does not deserve to be shoved into any box

Nat Nakasa would have been bemused. He would be pleased to be brought back to home soil at last, almost 50 years after he died in New York.

By Anton Harber 10 Oct 2014 07:44

Chris Moerdyk
A justifiable sense of déjà vu for SA's mass media

Anyone who worked in South African media from the 1960s until 1990, when Nelson Mandela was released from prison, could be forgiven for feeling an ugly, disturbing sense of déjà vu today.

By Chris Moerdyk 3 Sep 2014 14:28

Anton Harber
SA must put pressure on Swaziland to open society

I think SA should recall its ambassador to Swaziland and threaten to close our borders with the country. I am not joking...

By Anton Harber 22 Aug 2014 06:21

Anton Harber
A saga in three chapters

This is a tale in three chapters of behind-the-scenes newsroom intrigue and backstabbing...

By Anton Harber 18 Aug 2014 05:35

Anton Harber
Does a liar as a source ever deserve protection?

It is easy to review ethical decisions in journalism with hindsight, when one has the luxury of time to wonder whether a choice made under pressure was the correct one...

By Anton Harber 8 Aug 2014 05:48

Anton Harber
Newspapers' scrutiny of each other can be good

Like politicians, national sports coaches and rhinos, newspapers proprietors need big heads and thick skins.

By Anton Harber 1 Aug 2014 06:05

Anton Harber
SABC plan is antithesis of open journalism

On a recent visit here, The Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger spoke of the concept of "open journalism"...

By Anton Harber 25 Jul 2014 06:25

Marion Scher
Quality journalism - alive, dead, or dying?

I was once asked by a media organisation to run six-month journalism courses, after which I was informed the 'graduates' would be able to call themselves journalists...

By Marion Scher 26 Jun 2014 06:36

Ed Herbst
Just chill

'My advice to Iqbal Survé: Chill. Just chill.' - Gill Moodie, Grubstreet, 27//2013

By Ed Herbst 24 Jun 2014 11:57

Anton Harber
Freedom of media under threat even in top democracies

Significant threats to media freedom are coming from unexpected places, the World Editors' Forum heard in Turin, Italy, last week...

By Anton Harber 20 Jun 2014 11:17

Anton Harber
Awards put spotlight on values in the media

Journalism awards provide one of the few occasions when underpaid and undervalued journalists can get positive recognition...

By Anton Harber 5 Jun 2014 07:31

Chris Moerdyk
Bad news for media and marketers

The spectre of advertising bans on liquor and fast food advertising as well as restrictive onslaughts against the media are glaringly evident in Jacob Zuma's choice of cabinet.

By Chris Moerdyk 29 May 2014 09:19

Anton Harber
Objectivity of media is not about which side it is on

In the 1994 elections, only one newspaper called on voters explicitly to support the African National Congress (ANC). It is a startling reminder of how the structures of the apartheid media industry carried into the new era.

By Anton Harber 16 May 2014 05:31

Ed Herbst
Looting in the name of Mandela - what would Terry have said?

The Sunday Times recently broke a story alleging that millions of rands intended for honouring the memory and legacy of Nelson Mandela was diverted to ANC members.

By Ed Herbst 15 May 2014 05:51

Anton Harber
SABC is key weapon in ANC's arsenal

Elections present us with the various parties' competing narratives: different views of the past, present and future vying for the attention of voters.

By Anton Harber 9 May 2014 06:02

Anton Harber
Do we have the will to defend our freedom?

Exactly 20 years after we achieved media freedom, an opposition advertisement was banished from the national broadcaster because it showed pictures of police shooting protesters. So just as we were celebrating our freedom, it was eroded.

By Anton Harber 5 May 2014 06:49

Anton Harber
SABC shows ANC colours in run-up to elections

One would expect a public broadcaster to bend over backwards to show its neutrality at a time such as this. Well, not the SABC...

By Anton Harber 22 Apr 2014 08:10

Anton Harber
Investigative journalism deserves to be honoured

Once a year, I sit down to read the best of the previous year's investigative journalism. Judging the Taco Kuiper Award is a highlight of my calendar.

By Anton Harber 4 Apr 2014 05:48

Anton Harber
Praise to the media, but much else can be done

At times such as these, I want to sing the praise of those elements of our news media that show courage and doggedness.

By Anton Harber 28 Mar 2014 05:43

Janet Heard resigns from Cape Times
Janet Heard resigns from Cape Times

Janet Heard, assistant editor (head of news) at the Cape Times, has resigned.

By Rod Baker 20 Mar 2014 09:30

Ed Herbst
Operation Kindle and the ASA

'We should never allow expedience to triumph over our history and our values...' - Trevor Manuel

By Ed Herbst 19 Mar 2014 07:00

Anton Harber
Pistorius trial represents a turning point for the dailies

My university and I were lambasted by a colleague for stooping so low as to engage in the Oscar Pistorius trial media frenzy...

By Anton Harber 14 Mar 2014 06:18

Anton Harber
Open justice changes witnesses' lives forever

Just because they lived close to Oscar Pistorius and had the misfortune of hearing the events that led to his murder trial, the lives of witnesses were torn apart.

By Anton Harber 10 Mar 2014 07:01

Oscar trial - Media circus or fair reportage?
Oscar trial - Media circus or fair reportage?

As the world's media gathered today outside and inside the High Court in Pretoria, there are many questions in the public's mind. Is this fair? Is this not voyeurism of the highest order? Will it influence the outcome? Is it necessary?

By Marion Scher 3 Mar 2014 14:56

Anton Harber
Pistorius' live trial sets excellent precedent

This week's decision by Judge Dunstan Mlambo to allow the broadcasting of the Oscar Pistorius trial was itself broadcast live - and provided a vivid demonstration of the value of letting cameras into courts.

By Anton Harber 28 Feb 2014 06:12

Anton Harber
Fear in the newsroom

There's a host of reasons why people become journalists, but what happens when their newsroom is run by fear and control?

By Anton Harber 24 Feb 2014 11:40

Anton Harber
Media is the elephant in the Pistorius courtroom

If you were the judge in the Oscar Pistorius trial, would you allow cameras and cellphones into the courtroom?

By Anton Harber 14 Feb 2014 06:49

Ed Herbst
The disturbing silence of the FXI lambs

'MMA has viewed the headline news bulletins from SABC1, SABC2 and SABC3 and can confirm that no mention of the booing incident was made in any of the bulletins.'

By Ed Herbst 4 Feb 2014 15:46

A cautionary media tale
A cautionary media tale

Here's a look at political philanderers past and present and the role that the media plays in exposing them.

By Ed Herbst 17 Jan 2014 15:54

Cape Times row boils on... and over?
Cape Times row boils on... and over?

NEWSWATCH: The abrupt departure of Chris Whitfield from Independent Newspapers has been blamed on editorial interference, reports Mail & Guardian.

By Rod Baker 10 Jan 2014 10:50

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