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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Daily Maverick by Anton Harber.]

The news media industry in South Africa needs to acknowledge that we have an industry-wide problem of trust and credibility arising out of the period of State Capture.

Our biggest newspaper, the Sunday Times, has a problem it cannot seem to get rid of, like a bad rash that is slowly spreading despite an occasional dab of salve.

When the newspaper ran two years ago a full page of apologies and corrections for its now infamous “SARS rogue unit “ stories, they thought they had cured the rash. In those stories, they appear to have allowed themselves to be used by those who were trying to take malevolent control of one of the most important state institutions. Their unusually full and detailed apology was unprecedented in South African journalism.

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South Africa at a Glance
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