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Broadcasting déjà vu in Cape Town

Western Cape police commissioner Lieutenant-General Arno Lamoer has apologised for the lack of service in Khayelitsha. But did the SABC carry the report?

By Ed Herbst 8 Apr 2014 06:34

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

SABC and the Shell House Massacre anniversary

'The IFP would like to see whether the SABC makes any reference to this today and tonight in its daily dose of pro-ANC "Celebrating 20 years of democracy" propaganda on the news bulletins.' - IFP Secretary General, Sibongile Nko in a media release "IFP remembers Shell House Massacre" 28/3/2014.

By Ed Herbst 1 Apr 2014 08:35

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

SABC silences church and other voices

'We in the churches deeply regret that certain clergy have ganged up against the public protector in the name of the church. They have done so without adequate knowledge of her reports and their intervention only serves to undermine the fight against corruption.' - Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, 18 March 2014.

By Ed Herbst 24 Mar 2014 09:07

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

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

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

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?

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

The SABC and the whited sepulchre

"While there are a few leaders with integrity, they are overwhelmed by the never-ending scandals of corruption: from the Arms Deal to Travelgate, from Guptagate, to Nkandlagate....

By Ed Herbst 28 Feb 2014 14:17

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

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

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

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

From Maree to Mbalula - 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?

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

Whitfield takes 'early retirement'

NEWSWATCH: Independent Newspaper's group executive Chris Whitfield has taken early retirement but will not give further details yet, reports Mail & Guardian.

By Rod Baker 7 Jan 2014 08:58

His Master's Voice wins "Nkandla Fire Pool" Media Statement of the Year Award

Isn't it about time we created an annual journalism award that will recognise, praise and honour in perpetuity the year's most outrageous Comical Ali statement in a media context?

By Ed Herbst 6 Jan 2014 10:17

Tony Weaver's 'Madiba Moment'

NEWSWATCH: If you didn't read it, you should have...so here is Weaver's 'Madiba Moment', and while we're about it, we'll also take a look at how a silent protest against Alide Dasnois' dismissal as editor of the Cape Times, was hijacked. (video)

By Rod Baker 18 Dec 2013 10:16

ANC's Auckland Park puppets censor the story of the year

It is just a fleeting moment of stunned surprise. The dawning realisation that the status quo has ineluctably changed and so too has any predictable future. (video)

By Ed Herbst 17 Dec 2013 08:11

Sekunjalo no sacred cow: Survé

NEWSWATCH: Independent head Iqbal Survé says the group's editorial staff are assured of their editorial freedom, and need have no fear when writing about any company within the Sekunjalo Group, reports Mail & Guardian, which also reports the government has admitted - shock and horror - to making a mistake.

By Rod Baker 13 Dec 2013 07:11

Survé right to worry over figures of his papers

Iqbal Survé, executive chairman of Independent News & Media, is correct to be concerned about his papers' declining circulation and it is good to hear his commitment to reinvest in print and develop his company's online presence. What is less clear is why he chose to dismiss the editor of one of his better newspapers, the Cape Times.

By Anton Harber 13 Dec 2013 05:32

Deafcon 5 at Madiba memorial

NEWSWATCH: The interpreter for the deaf at the memorial service for Madiba is a fake, and produced gibberish, it is claimed, reports Singapore's Straits Times, and you won't hear Zuma being booed... well, not on the SABC, anyway, reports City Press.

By Rod Baker 12 Dec 2013 06:45

CT editor fired for 'not meeting targets'?

NEWSWATCH: Independent group chair Iqbal Survé has denied that former Cape Times editor Alide Dasnois was removed because of an editorial stance and implied...

By Rod Baker 10 Dec 2013 09:47

Cape Times editor fired

NEWSWATCH: Cape Times' editor Alide Dasnois has been fired, reports Mail & Guardian. Dasnois' removal appears to coincide with the publication of an article on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's finding on fisheries minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, reports IOL.

By Rod Baker 9 Dec 2013 08:00

Nkandla: Zuma's deafening silence

Was the Mail & Guardian (M&G) justified last week in publishing the public protector's interim report into Nkandla? Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said it was a breach of the law, but I am less sure of this.

By Anton Harber 6 Dec 2013 08:48

Honestly now - that Nkandla media leak... Who would you believe?

NEWSWATCH: The ANC insists Thuli Madonsela leaked the provisional Nkandla report to the media, reports Mail & Guardian. She insists she didn't.

By Rod Baker 5 Dec 2013 09:08

Doing an 'Nkandla' on the SABC

The unbearable lightness of Yunus Carrim as he seeks to limit the damage from the Special Investigative Unit report on endemic SABC corruption.

By Ed Herbst 4 Dec 2013 08:09

How an explosion of creativity beat a bid to censor the media

"At present, we only know," George Orwell wrote in his great piece on censorship, "that the imagination, like certain wild animals, will not breed in captivity." Orwell was wrong.

By Anton Harber 29 Nov 2013 08:32