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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Media freedom

SAM Vlag 2[Source: http://www.thoughtleader.co.za/adamhaupt/2014/12/16/10-signs-that-sa-democracy-is-toast/ by Adam Haupt.]

In case you have missed it in the midst of media frenzies about puppets in court, murder trials dismissed, or beauty competitions won, South African democracy is in trouble. Here are 10 reasons why our constitutionally enshrined democratic rights are under threat: Read more

SAM Papers 4[Source: http://mg.co.za/article/2014-12-11-state-poised-to-wield-advertising-axe by Mmanaledi Mataboge and Matuma Letsoalo. Photo: Oupa Nkosi, M&G.]

Three of the country’s top newspapers are going to be punished for “insulting” President Jacob Zuma. A threat to starve the Sunday Times, Mail & Guardian and City Press of millions of rands in advertising will soon be implemented by the government. Read more

100_0739[Source: http://themediaonline.co.za/2014/12/place-of-sorrow-farm-murders-and-the-public-broadcaster by Ed Herbst.]

Last week the seventh annual United Nations Human Rights Commission Forum on Minority Rights in Geneva heard a submission on farm murders in South Africa by AfriForum and the Freedom Front Plus. The theme for the Commission’s sitting this year was ‘Preventing and addressing violence and atrocities targeted against minorities’. The forum was attended by more than 500 international delegates and the world’s leading media houses. Why, then, asks Ed Herbst, is there a news blackout on the SABC about farm murders? Read more

SAM paper 2[Source: http://themediaonline.co.za/2014/11/bleak-look-at-south-africas-media-freedom/by Terry Bell.]

Where in the world has a ventriloquist’s dummy been sued for defamation and won a gagging order in court? Why, in South Africa, of course. Among the increasingly bizarre contradictions that have emerged in this once widely hailed “rainbow nation”, this is one of them, writes Terry Bell. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
56 500 000 (mid 2017 estimate)
4.6% y/y in June 2018 (CPI) & +4.6 y/y in May 2018 (PPI)
294.84 in USD BIllion (December 2017)
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