South Africa: Public Trust in the Media Is At a New Low – a Radical Rethink of Journalism Is Needed

A recent report by an independent panel on the ethics and credibility of South Africa’s news media makes for worrying reading. The panel, headed by retired judge Kathy Satchwell, was commissioned by the South African National Editors’ Forum following a series of ethical lapses by the Sunday Times. The paper dominated the country’s media landscape for over 100 years. As the largest by circulation it was also considered the most powerful newspaper.

The lapses included factual inaccuracies in reports…


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