Concerns about “fake news” have dominated discussions about the relationship between the media and politics in the developed world in recent years. The extraordinary amount of attention paid in scholarship and in public debates to questions around truth, veracity and deception can be connected to the role of “fake news” in the 2016 US presidential election, and US President Donald Trump’s use of the term to dismiss his critics.
The term “fake news” itself is controversial because it’s poorly defined.
14 November 2018
South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board chairperson Bongumusa Makhathini told Parliament’s standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) that all the state broadcaster needed was a R3-billion government guarantee to avoid looming collapse in March.
The board briefed Scopa on Wednesday morning, following a meeting on Tuesday where board member and veteran journalist and editor Mathatha Tsedu told the portfolio committee on finance that the SABC’s ability to pay full salaries would be in doubt as early as February next year.
To ensure government speeds up the switch from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT), additional partnerships with industry players are required.
So said Department of Communications (DOC) minister Nomvula Mokonyane, affirming that lack of collaboration has, to some extent, contributed to SA's inability to meet the deadline set by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
President Jacob Zuma, his son Duduzane, the infamous Gupta family and others implicated in the state capture inquiry, could be forced to testify if the legal team at the inquiry has its way.
However, chairperson of the commission of inquiry Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo will reveal all on Tuesday after he hears full argument on the issue and makes a ruling.
Media24 and HuffPost announced on Monday that they are mutually ending their partnership in South Africa.
“We regularly review our portfolio of brands. The HuffPost SA audience numbers are strong and consistently hold steady on the list of top-10 news sites in South Africa,” Media24 CEO Esmaré Weideman said in a statement.
The debate on the Department of Communications covered familiar terrain as the SABC dominated MPs' speeches, much as it has in recent years.
But this year, the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) also received much attention.
Inspired by South African data protests, Namibian mobile operator Paratus has cut its data prices by a massive 80%.
The operator announced in a statement that it reduced the cost per gigabyte from N$85 (R85) to N$15 (R15).
"According to statistics from Research ICT Solutions (2018), Namibia rates 29th out of 52 African countries with regards to the cheapest 1 Gigabyte mobile prepaid rates per month for 2018 in USD, with a rate of US$7.35," the Paratus statement reads.
Breaking more than four days of silence, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted mistakes and outlined steps to protect user data in light of a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm.
Zuckerberg posted on his Facebook page on Wednesday that Facebook has a "responsibility" to protect its users' data.
"If we can't then we don't deserve to serve you," he wrote.
Minister of Communications Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, who has been in her post for about two months, announced to the Communication Committee that the deadline to complete digital migration is June 2019.
Committee members may be forgiven if they have their doubts. This is the latest in almost a decade of delays and missed deadlines.