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The need for responsible journalism

January 5, 2017


As 2017 gets underway, there is, as perhaps never before, the need for responsible journalism; journalism that presents the facts and seeks out the truth; journalism on which the public at large can rely and that reveals, without fear or favour, verified and verifiable information that is in the public interest.

The only antidote to public confusion

July 10, 2016


We seem today to be surrounded by much deliberate obfuscation of critical issues by official sources and, all too often, by a swirl of lies, innuendo and fear mongering. The antidote is honest journalism that encourages critical thinking.

The editor who was a spy

November 29, 2015


One of the most successful agents of South Africa's apartheid state was the editor in chief of the country’s leading Sunday newspaper, the Sunday Times. This claim is contained in a book by veteran journalist John Matisonn to be released this week.

Sad times for SA English newspapers

January 19, 2015


The race card has been played and facts have been distorted, apparently at the request of the South African ptesidency, in a case that raises again the whole question of media independence and freedom of expression.

The need for real media transformation

January 14, 2014


Transformation of the South African media is essential. But it has more to do with training and professionalism than with the pigmentation of the practitioners, let alone the owners.

Letter to Cape Times

December 27, 2013


The Cape TImes provided a first rate example of the educative role of journalism when it pubished, on December 24, an emotive rant about the newspaper's Mandela coverage, illustrated by the two special edition wraparound pages that revealed clearly the poisonous myths peddled by the accompanying text.

Ripping good reasons for an independent media

July 13, 2012


An free and unfettered media provides the only antidote to propaganda serving narrow political and corporate agendas. This issue has become highly pertinent as the Irish-owned Independent News Media group in South Africa comes up for sale.

Of spears, dicks and satire

July 13, 2012


The latest row over a "genital" cartoon of South Africa's President Jcob Zuma reveals an unwillingness to accept that respect has to be earned and that individuals, especially those in high office who behave in a manner contrary to the norms of society, lose respect and become legitimate targets for satire.