n New Agenda: South African Journal of Social and Economic Policy - New constraints create ‘profound crisis’ for independent media - debate on media

Volume 2019 Number 75
  • ISSN : 1607-2820


The previous restrictions that journalists worked under during Apartheid and the years of struggle against it have been replaced by an entirely new, usually high tech, array of challenges which now constrain today’s media. Instead of draconian legislation, journalists now come up against corporate media ownership that places the drive for profit above the responsibility of providing public access to information. There is also the upsurge of digital communication, which is increasingly squeezing out professional journalism and often replacing it with fake news created by bots instead of trained journalists. Additionally, there are multiple threats against journalists who expose corruption in corporates and at all levels of government, which are easily disseminated by social media.

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