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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Media freedom

SAM paper 2[Source: http://www.bdlive.co.za/national/media/2015/01/30/governments-advertising-spend-reveals-trend-of-backing-state-friendly-media by Paul Vecchiato.]

A breakdown of government advertising spending managed by the Department of Communications shows a trend of rewarding state-friendly media, says Witwatersrand University director of journalism studies Anton Harber. Read more

SAM Papers 3[Source: http://www.bdlive.co.za/opinion/columnists/2015/01/14/at-home-and-abroad-attrition-threat-to-freedom-of-expression-in-sa by Allister Sparks.]

There must surely be something symbolic about a former editor of the Rand Daily Mail becoming a columnist for newspapers of Naspers (formerly Nasionale Pers), especially Die Burger, a paper so intimately associated with its first editor, DF Malan, the founding father of apartheid SA. Read more

SAM Norway[Original source: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2015-01-08-analysis-what-will-freedom-of-expression-look-like-post-charlie-hebdo/#.VLApWpUcTIU by Rebecca Davis.  Republished: http://www.afrika.no/Detailed/25749.html.]

Wednesday’s deadly attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo forces publishers and media practitioners worldwide to consider how far they are willing to go to uphold freedom of expression. Rebecca Davis spoke to South African editors, and the country’s most famous cartoonist, to find out whether the Charlie Hebdo attack would make them less likely to take risks with provocative content in future.

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South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.9% y/y in August 2018 (CPI) & +6.3 y/y in August 2018 (PPI)
-0.7% q/q (2nd quarter of 2018)
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