The ANC’s Media Freedom Doublespeak

By Jane Duncan2 August 2010The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has just released a document on the media for its National General Council (NGC) meeting, scheduled for September. The document, entitled ‘Media transformation, ownership and diversity’,...

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...
Defend and Advance the Freedom of Expression for All!

Defend and Advance the Freedom of Expression for All!

The Alternative Information Development Centre (AIDC) statement on the threats to Press Freedom notes that – as a result of ANC policy – South Africa’s media is highly concentrated and services a small section of the population. It also highlights...

Protection of Information Bill: SA Media Under Attack

By Butjwana Seokoma Former South African President, Nelson Mandela, reminded us in 1994 that: “A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy.” 16 years into democracy, opposition parties, civil society, activists and other...

Relax! Hysteria Over Tribunal Isn’t Helpful

By Zizi Kodwa The Big Read: The fundamental pillar of any open society built on democratic principles is the extent to which debates are held and are allowed to take place without fear or prejudice. In a society that allows a plurality of views, debate is always...