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
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
"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
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
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
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
'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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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