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Taking stock of press freedom progress

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Journalists like to see journalists as heroes. That’s excluding their peers in state-owned media in Africa who are more usually propagandists rather than journalists.
On the other side of the fence, governments typically like to see journalists as villains, while civil society – sitting on the fence – sees them as flawed heroes, tainted by commercial considerations.
Audiences are more sanguine. They see some journalists as angels, some as devils.

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Prospects for public broadcasting in Africa - keep on trying, or give up?

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Misa activist (and Rhodes MA candidate) Rushweat Mukundu was one of those debating broadcast reform in Cape Town.

Is reform of state-owned broadcasters in Africa a write-off? Or are there elements to work on?

This was a debate represented by a paper written by Libby Lloyd, and a response by me, (as well as several other people!), in Cape Town this week. The discussion was hosted by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.

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