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Title:Focus on press freedom in Africa
Editor:Wasserman, HermanISNI
Periodical:Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies (ISSN 0256-0054)
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
South Africa
Subjects:freedom of the press
media policy
Abstract:Two recent developments in South Africa have widely been seen as representing a threat to freedom of expression: a proposed Protection of Information Bill that is seen as having the potential to reduce access to information, and a proposed statutory Media Appeals Tribunal, suggested by the ANC as an alternative to the current system of press self-regulation. This special issue of Ecquid Novi offers a varied perspective on the debate about press freedom in South Africa. It includes 8 papers, some of which were read at a colloquium hosted by The School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. Following the Editorial note by Herman Wasserman, Colin Sparks puts South African media in comparative perspective. Jiafei Yin compares South Africa and India with regard to the development of a free press. Guy Berger examines media self-regulation. Terje S. Skjerdal looks at development journalism in Ethiopia. GabriŽl J. Botma presents visions of a democratic media future at the dawn of the new South Africa. Jane Duncan discusses the ANC's poverty of strategy on media accountability. Steven Friedman argues that the mainstream press's response to real and perceived threats to freedom of expression in South Africa has revealed a middle-class bias. In conclusion, Peter D. McDonald offers a comment on the 2010 media freedom debate in South Africa. [ASC Leiden abstract]