Cabinet commemorates Media Freedom Day
Cabinet has joined South Africans in commemorating Media Freedom Day “Media played a critical role in the fight against apartheid, exposing atrocities and brutality committed by the apartheid regime,” Cabinet said in a statement last week. This year marks 40 years since the apartheid regime banned progressive newspapers such... Read more
SAFREA: Victory for media independence
On October 17, the announcement of the seventh Minister of Communications since 2009 could not cloud the mood of media practitioners as they celebrated court rulings pivotal to the independent functioning of the SABC. In a case brought by the SOS Coalition, together with Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and... Read more
Health spokesperson dies
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has announced the death of his spokesperson Joe Maila. In a statement on Friday, the Minister expressed shock and sadness at the passing of the Ministry’s spokesperson. “The circumstances surrounding his death are not yet known to the Ministry. Joe Maila is survived by his... Read more
MDDA gets three new board members
Three new members of the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) Board have been appointed. The three new members, who are appointed by the President, are Ronald Lamola, Martina Della-Togna and Nombeko Mbava. Lamola is currently a member of the finance committee in the Tshwane University of Technology Governance... Read more
The Star celebrates 130 years
Government has congratulated The Star newspaper for its 130-year contribution to journalism. The newspaper was established on 17 October 1887 and its reporting has immensely contributed towards the development of Johannesburg. The newspaper celebrates its inception in a week that marks Media Freedom. In a statement, Government Communication and Information... Read more
New SABC board appointed
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has a new board. The Presidency said the appointments were made in terms of the South African Broadcasting Act (Act no. 4 of 1999) and on the recommendation of the National Assembly. The President has designated Bongumusa Makhathini as Chairperson and Febe Potgieter-Gqubule... Read more
Media diversity crucial for democracy
Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo says South Africa’s media space can no longer afford to be dominated by only a few big players and that more emerging media players need to be supported to ensure diversity. Government would do everything possible to throw its weight behind small media companies and... Read more
Fake news a serious threat to SA’s stability
KwaZulu-Natal Acting Premier Sihle Zikalala has issued a strong warning against the proliferation of fake news, describing it as a serious threat which could undermine the stability of countries. Addressing hundreds of delegates attending the 69th World News Media Congress at Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban... Read more
Government to release position paper on media transformation
The Department of Communications will soon release a paper that will give government’s position on what needs to be done to achieve media transformation. Basani Baloyi, the Acting Director General of the Department of Communications, said this when she presented the department’s Annual Performance Plan at Marks Building in... Read more
Fake news, filters not fooling internet users
Despite what some politicians argue, fake news and biased search algorithms aren’t swaying public opinion, finds a Michigan State University researcher. Commissioned and funded by Google, William Dutton, director of MSU’s James and Mary Quello Center in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, and researchers from Oxford University... Read more