n Media Tenor SA Research Journal - Media contributes to democratisation of SAPS : coverage of the SA Police Service and the Scorpions in selected SA media : January - December 2002

Volume 4, Issue 1
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Extracted from text ... The fight against crime is a major social and economic issue in South Africa and its importance is similarly reflected in the media. Dealing as it does with society's darker fringes, its violence and corruption, it would be unrealistic to expect reporting on issues relevant to the SAPS to be wholly positive. Even so the large percentage of reports dealing with crime-fighting (nearly 40%) and the mostly positive coverage the SAPS is receiving on this front (a 56% positive rating) suggests that on the whole the relationship between the media and the SAPS is not as negative as some in ..

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