[Michelle Solomon] Media responsibility and public trust in the media are similar to the adage of the chicken and the egg. But it's not so much a question of which comes first, but rather that the one simply cannot exist without the other.
[Michelle Solomon] Though South Africans have become accustomed to irrational, knee-jerk and often dangerous rhetoric from politicians of all persuasions, the ANC's regional boss in the volatile Eastern Cape metro of Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth), Nceba Faku's apparent recent call to commit arson transcends most. It has now emerged that Faku, a former mayor, may have good reasons to want to see The Herald in ashes.
[Michelle Solomon] More than a month ago, I submitted my first Promotion of Access to Information (PAI) Act application to make public the 2008 Sunday Times report by the Harber commission. On 3 May 2011, World Press Freedom Day, Avusa informed me my application had been denied. While I was not surprised, I remain puzzled.