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Publish and be damned in name of patriotism
Publish and be damned in name of patriotism

After being stalked down a street, taunted and hit with a wrench, Emmanuel Sithole was cornered by his attackers, stabbed in the heart on a rubbish-strewn Alexandra street. He was from Mozambique...

By Anton Harber 24 Apr 2015 05:22

The images we were allowed to see... Zuma speaking before an orderly house. (Image: GCIS)
One step forwards, one back for democracy

If journalists in Zimbabwe had stood up in that country's parliament to protest against interference with their cellphone signals, they would have been laughed out of the place...

By Anton Harber 2 Mar 2015 06:14

Janine Lazarus
The script of the Western news media

Are African lives worth a whole lot less than the lives of people in other parts of the world? But more to the point, are African journalists doing a better job than their Western peers in covering the continent?...

By Janine Lazarus 4 Feb 2015 08:36

Anton Harber
Serial - A murder investigation...

An experimental US serial has transformed investigative journalism...

By Anton Harber 2 Feb 2015 09:19

Zuma should bash on regardless, suggests the writer. (Image: GCIS)
Let's encourage Zuma to bash whites

I am all in favour of President Jacob Zuma continuing his sniping campaign against whites and blaming everything on apartheid...

By Chris Moerdyk 29 Jan 2015 06:35

Anton Harber
Editors must edit without fear of being attacked

I once asked a South African editor why he ran a cartoon that he agreed was offensive. He said he had felt obliged, as he did not want to censor a well-known and much-respected cartoonist...

By Anton Harber 16 Jan 2015 05:59

Peter Mann
Networks' coverage of Paris terror attacks was a hopeless failure

Am I the only one who thinks that global media coverage of the Paris outrage sucked? (video)...

By Peter Mann 13 Jan 2015 13:15

Blade Nzimande wants stronger action to be taken to curb what he views as racist comments and hate speech on online media. (Image: GCIS)
Confronting racism on the internet: A response to Nzimande

Minister of Higher Education and Communist Party chief Blade Nzimande is right to be concerned about hate speech and racism on the internet - but what is to be done about it?

By Anton Harber 8 Jan 2015 14:10

Anton Harber
MPs more free in the street than in Parliament

I can stand in the street and call someone a thief. I can even call the president a thief. But I can't do it in Parliament. Something is topsy-turvy here...

By Anton Harber 21 Nov 2014 09:39

Anton Harber
Space for independent, critical media is under siege

Senior journalist Tony Weaver faced a company disciplinary hearing because he questioned why the Cape Times cut an advertiser's logo out of a photograph of a shooting in a supermarket...

By Anton Harber 7 Nov 2014 06:04

Hear the human story
Hear the human story

This week Al Jazeera English launched its global marketing and communications campaign. The campaign, Hear the Human Story, was launched first Johannesburg, and then in London, to be followed by Sydney, Australia. (video)

By Danette Breitenbach 5 Nov 2014 06:46

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

(Image: The Guardian)
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

Iqbal Survé. (Image courtesy The Media Online)
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

The re-appointment of Dr Aaron Motsoaledi as health minister is bad news for the advertising, marketing and liquor industries. (Image: GCIS)
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

His legacy betrayed.
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

Why would the ANC weaken the SABC when it is one of the party's most potent weapons?
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

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