Media Freedom: Let Palestine Be The Barometer

OPINION by Iqbal Jassat Recent changes effected within parts of South Africa’s mainstream media, may be interpreted differently by consumers. Some may use the glass of water test and come to contrasting positions: half full or half empty. This after all is the nature of the media beast. It’s newsroom[…]

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The SABC: going from crisis to catastrophe

OPINION by Shafiq Morton If the rot is not stopped, the SABC is well on its way to becoming a Broederbond-style puppet it was before 1994. THE censorious, high-handed, Stalin-esque edifice that currently passes for our national broadcaster today is a cause for grave concern. Admittedly, the SABC has been[…]

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#BlackFriday: Call to unite against censorship

A clarion call to stand up against censorship as a means of protecting the South African democracy was made on Friday when journalists, communication officers, civil society, politicians, and members of the public braced the Cape Town cold and rain, standing in solidarity with suspended journalists and against muzzling of[…]

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China says thousands arrested for online crime

Chinese authorities say police have arrested 15,000 people on suspicion of cybercrime, including hacking, online fraud and illegal sale of personal information. The Ministry of Public Security said on Tuesday that police have investigated more than 7,400 cases of alleged online crimes, leading to the arrests. It did not say[…]

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Targets of China’s censorship policies

This is part 2 on media censorship and abuse in the People’s Republic of China Censorship in China is a rather broad and diverse phenomenon covering all areas of information, whether it’s expounded via the internet, radio and television content, print publications, casual literature, or the performing arts. The restrictions[…]

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How China censors its masses

This is first of a two-part feature on media censorship and abuse in the Peoples Republic of China The unexpected detention of 10 South African nationals by authorities in China last month has seemingly rekindled public interest in the oppressive censorship policies of the Far Eastern communist state. The case[…]

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Beware of censorship: US ambassador

South Africa has to be wary of attempts to censor the media such as SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s recent suggestion that journalists be licensed, US ambassador Patrick Gaspard said on Tuesday. “I was stunned that all of you weren’t outside of the SABC headquarters the next morning,” he said at[…]

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