Press Pass: Adriaan Basson on truth, investigation & intimidation

by Carey Finn. The News24 editor-in-chief shares insights into staying strong — and safe — in SA news journalism, where media freedom and truth are increasingly under threat.

Bizos rules on contentious EWN cartoon

Primedia’s internal ombudsman, Adv George Bizos, SC, has found that, while Eyewitness News’s recent satirical political cartoon “A Congress of Clowns” “may have been in bad taste and facetious,” there were no grounds for a claim of defamation or racism, and that EWN’s “swift response” had been appropriate.

Ad of the Week: You have a right to know

by Oresti Patricios (@orestaki) Right2Know is an organisation that was formed in 2010 to oppose the Secrecy Bill, and it has continued to do so in the form of parliamentary lobbying, street demonstrations and various campaigns. The latest took the form of an email campaign by Ireland/Davenport.

What the POI Bill says about the gradual erosion of our democracy

The Protection of Information Bill has just been steamrolled through and rubber-stamped by Parliament – a body tasked with balancing the demands of the executive with the best interests of their constituents – something it has consistently failed to do. In favour – and seeking the favour of – the executive.

Reasons for ANC media clampdown becoming clearer

To see why the ANC wants to clamp down on media freedom and effectively squash investigative journalism through its Protection of Information Bill, the proposed state-funded media appeals tribunal and a number of other legislative efforts, you simply had to open up a newspaper over the past week.

FIFA gives press freedom, workers the finger

These headlines speak for themselves. Shame on FIFA. Sacrificing press freedom on the altar of commercialism Local journalists have accused world football governing body FIFA of acting as a bunch of ‘bullies‘ and ‘dictators’ with a neo-colonialist mentality, following what analysts see as ‘unreasonable’ media restrictions on the 2010 FIFA World Cup coverage. More …

At FIFA they pick the media they will deal with (rather conveniently)

The 2010 FIFA World Cup is fast approaching and media interest in the event is growing in South Africa and globally. To facilitate communication between journalists and FIFA it has created an online Media Channel. “The FIFA Media Channel is a media-only password protected service with specific content tailored to support journalists, photographers and other media professionals,” reads the website.

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