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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Media freedom

TV Remote Control[Source: by Chris Vick.]

Free-to-air and its 24-hour eNCA cable news channel have built their brand on editorial independence, in strong opposition to the state-run SABC, and their commitment to let you “know more”. Their independence has already been dented this week by reports that HCI directors tried to ensure positive coverage of government events – and now new evidence has emerged that eNCA may have broadcast an entire series of state-funded documentaries under the guise of news in the early part of 2014. Read more

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

South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.5% y/y in June 2019 (CPI) & +5.8 y/y in June 2019 (PPI)
-3.2% q/q (1st quarter of 2019)
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