And he argues that the related global standards for legitimate limitation of some kinds of speech apply equally to the online world.
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.
My RSS feed accurately reflected this headline "R40m to turn govt paper into daily" (see below), prompting two thoughts:
1. WTH ... is government now escalating its mouthpiece to a daily?
2. That's damn cheap if that's the case...
Clicking on the actual story showed the screw-up (See the first para). So the headline reflects a sub asleep on the job, I guess. Cheapo subbing.
He’s gotten up the nose of Bhisho for several years, by highlighting cases where the Eastern Cape administration has been callous, corrupt and/or incompetent.
Through this, Colm Allan, the director of the Centre for Social Accountability, has become infamous for his work in the Public Service Accountability Monitor at Rhodes University. Its work in tracking problems in service delivery has positioned him as a trouble-maker in the eyes of many politicians and bureaucrats.
African media is supposed to be served by a proposed a Pan-African “Observatory”, but it could be a target of the initiative.
This anticipated “Media Watch” is being driven by the Commissions of the European Union and the African Union. You can find information about it on a European Commission website.