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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Media freedom

SAM paper 2[Source: by Julie Reid.]

South African Media Freedom Day, or Black Wednesday, commemorates the awful events of 19 October 1977 when Apartheid-era minister of justice Jimmy Kruger banned The World and Weekend World newspapers, leading to the arrest of editor Percy Qoboza and other journalists who were important voices in the Black Consciousness movement, in an act of brutal censorship and an unjustifiable attack on free speech. Read more

SAM MG Media[Source: Sipho Kings.  Photo by Delwyn Verasamy, M&G.]

Six hundred media workers lost their jobs in South Africa in the past 12 months. Those remaining are working at organisations that are struggling to survive in a world where print is losing circulation and online earnings are not filling the gap in income. Read more

SAM Hong Kong[Source: by Ufrieda Ho.]

It’s busy and noisy in the fast food joint not far from the old Hong Kong airport where Mak Yin-ting is sipping a cold red bean drink at a corner table. The noise doesn’t bother the journalist, who’s also head of the Hong Kong Journalism Association (HKJA), but the stranger at the next table leaning too far back in his seat, as if straining to hear what she’s saying, does. Read more

SAM SABC 1[Source:–of-the-SABC by Stephen Grootes.]

After a week in which it seemed the chaos at the SABC had reached its climax, Sunday brought news that matters were even worse than they first seemed. Not only is the COO someone who doesn’t have a matric, and lied about it, now, according to the City Press, the chair also lied about her qualifications. Liars, it seems, stick together at the corporation. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
56 500 000 (mid 2017 estimate)
4.6% y/y in November 2017 (CPI) & +5.1% y/y in November 2017 (PPI)
2% q/q for the 3rd quarter of 2017
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