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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
NEWSWATCH: Police apparently fear that reporters with machine guns hidden in their cameras could pose a risk to Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir, reports Times Live, and Communications Minister Yunus Carrim says he has received the PP's report on the SABC, reports IOL.
By Rod Baker 26 Nov 2013 09:19
NEWSWATCH: The government ministers' ban on taking or publishing pictures of Nkandla has prompted a storm of protest, reports EWN and the UK's Financial Times.
By Rod Baker 22 Nov 2013 08:14
"You can imagine the world media - the frenzy that will be created when Julius Malema stands up to give his answer to the State of the Nation Address" - Frans Cronje of the Institute of Race Relations in a Biznews interview
By Ed Herbst 22 Nov 2013 06:47
NEWSWATCH: First they couldn't, now they can - the media that is... can cover Julius Malema's trial on multiple charges, reports news24. BDLive reports the owner of Goldfields newspaper is to testify against Media24, and Google and Microsoft have agreed to measures to block images of child abuse, reports the BBC.
By Rod Baker 18 Nov 2013 11:39
South Africa is fortunate to have courageous women journalists. From Helen Zille, who revealed the truth behind Steve Biko's death, to present-day Carmel Rickard, Mandy Wiener, Phylicia Oppelt, Ferial Haffajee, Angela Quintal and Alide Dasnois...
By Ed Herbst 15 Nov 2013 07:52
The African Media Leaders Forum in Addis Ababa last week ended on a weak note: Politicians want the media to generate a new, positive African narrative.
By Anton Harber 15 Nov 2013 06:33
NEWSWATCH: Mail & Guardian reports the South African Police Service has threatened Independent Newspapers because it wants the group to 'hand over material related to intercepted calls involving national police commissioner Riah Phiyega'. On the media front, Gill Moodie reports on Grubstreet that Caxtons is buying RamsayMedia.
By Rod Baker 4 Nov 2013 08:10
This is a golden age for investigative reporting in South Africa. In the Muldergate era there were two enduring themes, apartheid itself and the Info Scandal.
By Ed Herbst 1 Nov 2013 13:24
At the University of the Witwatersrand this week, we honoured a patriotic journalist who was killed because of his investigative work.
By Anton Harber 1 Nov 2013 07:09
As this column went to press last week, Glenn Greenwald, the writer who broke the Edward Snowden story about US surveillance and who I described as the present rock star of journalism, resigned from The Guardian to join an internet start-up.
By Anton Harber 29 Oct 2013 07:26
As Friday's aircraft to Brazil rolled down the runway at OR Tambo International Airport with most of South Africa's investigative reporters on board, I wondered what would happen to our journalism if it went down...
By Anton Harber 21 Oct 2013 09:31
A few months ago, Sunday nights were pretty much routine. At 10 o'clock the nation stood to attention to watch The Big Debate on SABC 2.
By Benedicta Dube 21 Oct 2013 09:12
NEWSWATCH: ENCA (and Mail & Guardian - on the receiving end) report the Guptas are suing M&G and Sunday Times for R500m; meanwhile, a senior air force officer (suspended), says Zuma was involved in Guptagate, reports Mail & Guardian.
By Rod Baker 3 Oct 2013 11:12
NEWSWATCH: IFP MP Mario Oriani-Ambrosini says the fight against some clauses in the Protection of State Information Bill is SA's first real exercise in democracy, reports IOL. Meanwhile, Yunus Carrim will be in the hot seat over the SABC/MultiChoice deal, reports AllAfrica, e.tv has slammed the same deal, reports BusinessTech, and EWN reports on where some of our SABC licence fees have gone.
By Rod Baker 30 Sep 2013 07:16
Mention the words 'citizen journalism' to most media people and you'll probably get a dirty look coupled with a grunt in return.
By Marion Scher 6 Sep 2013 06:36
NEWSWATCH: And they're back in the news, instead of reporting it... You've got it... the SABC... because it seems its Hlaudi Motsoeneng wants 70% of the news to be positive, reports Mail & Guardian, which also reports that the 'sunshine' policy is not good news in Media Monitoring Africa' eyes. But some good news anyway, EWN reports that Egyptian authorities have released South African photographer Adil Bradlow.
By Rod Baker 2 Sep 2013 06:29
Sometimes censorship arrives at the front door, and then we confront it. At other times it comes around the back and tries to sneak inside unnoticed. Sometimes it dresses up in funny clothes.
By Anton Harber 21 Aug 2013 05:01
Let's get some facts straight on the effective banning of the film, Of Good Report*, which was due to open the Durban International Film Festival - 18-28 July.
By Anton Harber 30 Jul 2013 06:37
With the spotlight so blindingly focussed on an ailing Nelson Mandela as he fights for his life, it is difficult not to keep recalling his darkest days and the massive challenges the media had in telling these to the world.
By Chris Moerdyk 1 Jul 2013 12:30
NEWSWATCH: Facebook went down briefly yesterday in some parts of the world - so now we know what life would be like without the social networking giant, reports Financial Review. Meanwhile, for those authorities that like checking everyone out, Mail & Guardian has a guide on 'how to spy on your citizens', but BlackBerry SA has assured SA users that 'you're safe with us', reports Times Live.
By Rod Baker 19 Jun 2013 08:28
As our president's pen hovers over the Protection of State Information Bill, awaiting only his signature before coming into law, the US is facing its biggest secrecy issue in years.
By Anton Harber 18 Jun 2013 07:19
NEWSWATCH: The release of crime scene images into the public domain has stunned the Pistorius family, reports IOL. Meanwhile, Zapiro et al can rest easy after Jacob Zuma dropped defamation cases against the cartoonist and others, reports Mail & Guardian, and Sunday Times claims to have evidence that Communications Minister Dina Pule and Phosane Mngqibisa are "an item", reports ITWeb.
By Rod Baker 3 Jun 2013 06:21
NEWSWATCH: City Press says it stands by its decision to publish a column that some people reckon is "dripping with anti-Indian hatred", reports Mail & Guardian.
By Rod Baker 31 May 2013 10:15
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