Formed as a response to the crisis facing the SABC, the ‘Save our SABC’ campaign is part of the activities of a civil society coalition established in June 2008 to help resolve the crisis.
Meeting Their Mandates: A Critical Analysis of the South African Media Statutory Bodies is a 260-page book that that presents research reports into the performance of the Independent Communication Authority of South Africa (ICASA), the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA), as well as the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA).
The Media and the Law: a Handbook for Community Journalists is a handbook that enables small independent and community media to counter growing media censorship in South Africa, and to ensure that the media is aware of their rights and how to protect and enforce them. The handbook provides user-friendly information about the current state of the law of defamation, and to provide checklists to see whether particular reports are defamatory. In addition, it provides useful information about what to do if particular reports do attract threats of legal action.
It’s time that municipal spin doctors confronted the harsh truth that local government is not a sexy topic across the newsrooms of the nation. Mundane reports about municipal services, budgets and council meetings simply don’t hold broad public appeal unless they are mired in controversy.