ANC Not Im-Press-ed

South Africa is a complex democracy, more specifically a neo-liberal democracy. Media transformation is expected to be driven by the market in accordance with neo-liberal policies. However, markets have failed over and over again to drive transformation. This raises a...
Brief: Critical Thinking Forum in Johannesburg

Brief: Critical Thinking Forum in Johannesburg

Ferial Haffajee asks if we, South Africa, are moving closer towards tyranny. Zimbabwe, she warns, took three years before journalists and newspapers were hounded into submission, or folded. Ferial was one of a panel of four at the Amandla/AIDC and Mail/Guardian...

ANC Backs No Work, No Pay Rule

8 September 2010The ANC said yesterday it was fully behind the government’s determination to apply the “no work, no pay” rule to striking public sector workers – and has slammed Cosatu for being too “directly” involved in the...

Something Else Lies Behind Moves Against the Media

By Jonny Steinberg14 August 2010Why did the police come to the Sunday Times to arrest a reporter? And why is the ANC drafting laws to discipline journalists and to keep government business secret? The obvious answers do not tell the whole story. Yes, many people in...

The Press is Not Telling Us What We Need to Know

By Steven Friedman8 September 2010Of course the press must be free. But why does it not use its freedom to give us the information we need? Government attacks on the press have ensured that it is hard to question journalists’ priorities for fear of being seen to...