Tag: Issue 104

How to combat ‘media capture’

The age-old debate between the relative value of theory and practice is finally broken

How do we combat fake news, the grooming of journalists by sources less than credible and how do we grow and maybe even restore the public’s trust in journalism? These are questions that are foremost on the minds of the media profession as well as the public’s as we commemorated Black Wednesday this October.

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So this is democracy? A report on media freedom in Southern Africa

Highly contested environment and prevalence of fake news

A report by the Media Institute of South Africa notes that the country has a high prevalence of fake news especially in social media and there exists a “heavy stench of corruption”. This situation is worsened by the fact that the South Africa is grappling with the consequences of state capture, looting of state resources by politically connected individuals…

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We need to raise a generation of men who do not rape, abuse or kill women

Women are under siege in South Africa

The international campaign, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, runs from the end of November to the beginning of December, but it’s clear that a lot more than a few days are required to end the scourge of violence against women.Earlier this month the South African public was shocked by the treatment of alleged rape victim Cheryl Zondi, the first witness in the case against Nigerian Pastor, Timothy Omotoso…

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First Drum Woman Editor-in-Chief: Media shy Liz Khumalo

From secretary to Sis Dolly to newsroom leader

It took patience for Liz Khumalo aka Sis Dolly to journey through the newsroom, first as Drum magazine’s secretary and agony aunt Sis Dolly, then as a journalist, executive editor, and finally editor-in-chief at the sunset of her career, at which time the historic magazine was read by over a million people per week.By the time the longest serving Drum magazine journalist and editor-in-chief Liz Khumalo retired…

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