Theresa Mallinson has lived and worked as an itinerant writer, subeditor and sometimes teacher, plying her trade in such exotic destinations as Vaduz, Dubai, and Cape Town. But that's all changed since she became a journalist at the Daily Maverick (www.thedailymaverick.co.za) and managing editor at Free African Media. For now, she's very happy to be living in Jozi. Follow her on Twitter at @tcmallinson and contact her on .
Theresa Mallinson grew up in the "city of saints", but soon left the small-town atmosphere in pursuit of glamour. She may have a degree certificate or two somewhere in a box in her garage but, despite her on-again-off-again relationship with academia, she's still retained the ability to go from serious to shallow in under six seconds.
Over the past five years, Theresa has lived and worked as an itinerant writer, subeditor and sometimes teacher, plying her trade in such exotic destinations as Vaduz, Dubai, and Cape Town. But that's all changed since she became a journalist at The Daily Maverick (www.thedailymaverick.co.za) and managing editor at Free African Media, and, for now, she's very happy to be living in Jozi.
Follow her on Twitter at @tcmallinson and contact her on theresa dot mallinson at gmail dot com.
[Theresa Mallinson] When Egyptians went to the polls on Monday, several journalists and bloggers were still nursing bruises and broken limbs after the crackdown on the media in the lead up to the elections. Others remained in jail. Seems the country's current military rulers are no better than the Mubarak regime - certainly not in their treatment of the press, particularly female journalists.
[Theresa Mallinson] Now that City Press has dug up a 2007 story about the matter - including actual transcripts of the 2003 Scorpions inquiry - it seems that Mac Maharaj did, indeed, fail to tell the truth. He's still trying to spin the story as Mac vs the media, though.
[Theresa Mallinson] The latest news in the ongoing controversy surrounding the Protection of Information Bill is that MPs will vote on the matter on Tuesday. The National Press Club has dubbed the day "Black Tuesday" and called on South Africans to don black as a form of protest; the Right2Know Campaign is organising multiple simultaneous pickets and public prosecutor Thuli Madonsela has set up a team to investigate concerns around the bill.
[Theresa Mallinson] The most recent Mail & Guardian features a greatly redacted version of its lead story about a Scorpions' investigation of Mac Maharaj, after his lawyers alerted the paper to the fact that publication would contravene the NPA Act. It hasn't escaped anyone's notice that what amounts to censorship of the media will become increasingly common,should the Protection of Information Bill be voted into law this week.
[Theresa Mallinson] It's looking increasingly as if, despite days of MPs "working nicely together", the 'Secrecy Bill' will become law this Parliamentary session - and almost certainly face an immediate Constitutional Court challenge.
[Theresa Mallinson] A decade ago Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki shut down his country's independent press, and arrested 21 journalists and politicians. He's detained many more of his citizens without trial since then. With no free media left to report on their fate, news of the prisoners has been hard to come by, but the ten-year anniversary of their disappearance has brought renewed calls by international NGOs for their release.
[Theresa Mallinson] This writer never met late photojournalist Anton Hammerl, slain in Libya on 5 April 2011. What is abundantly clear though, is that he was a kind-hearted man who formed strong, lasting friendships. Now his friends around the world have banded together to set up "Friends of Anton", an online campaign to raise money for his children's education.
[Theresa Mallinson] The Press Council report into media regulation in South Africa has come out strongly in favour of continued self-regulation, with a few tweaks here and there. Whether this is enough to finally and completely dissuade the ruling party from looking into setting up a media appeals tribunal is arguable.