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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Daily Maverick by Chris Roper.]

In this age when information flows internationally, it’s not enough for your country’s press to be free; it has to be free around the world.

Two stats for you, one to make you happy, one to make you scared. Of the 180 countries ranked by the 2018 World Press Freedom Index, South Africa is number 28. Yay for us. Despite the gross attempts at Media Capture™ by the Guptas and their 24-hour Comedy News Channel, and by Mandela’s Dr Survè and his laughingly named Independent Media (at least the guy has a sense of humour), and despite our government’s corrupt channelling of millions in state advertising away from legitimate newspapers and into the Zuptas’ bank accounts, we still have a press that’s ranked as more free than countries like the US (45), the UK (40), and Uganda (117).

The second stat should, however, give you pause for thought. Internet freedom in the world has declined for the eighth consecutive year. And unfortunately, in this age when “free” press also refers to the fact that you cheap sods refuse to pay for news, the internet and media are pretty much the same thing.

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South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
5.1% y/y in October 2018 (CPI) & +6.9 y/y in October 2018 (PPI)
2.2% q/q (3rd quarter of 2018)
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