Media Monitoring Africa Director William Bird says despite the public broadcaster’s financial situation, the SABC managed to deliver overwhelmingly fair election coverage.
Media Monitoring Africa says the media has neglected to investigate and inform the public what the terms and conditions of the Chinese investment in Eskom are.
“All South Africans – and especially those who cannot afford it and other vulnerable groups – need a daily first tranche of free internet access to exercise their basic human rights such as access to government services, participating in the digital economy, looking for jobs, online communication and for learners and students to access online educational resources. This is the only way to achieve universal access to information and digital equality amongst our citizens, including the rural poor who have access to mobile phones.”
Associate professor of media studies at the Wits University, Glenda Daniels, has criticised the use of social media as a platform for news reporting, saying it creates a credibility crisis.
As 8 May draws closer, many experts are raising awareness on how different social media threats can have a negative influence on the elections.
As the 2019 national and provincial elections drawing nearer, it is anticipated that social media will be abuzz with propaganda and fake news as a means to try and influence potential voters on issues pertaining to the elections.
The IAB SA, South Africa’s internet industry body, is spearheading an initiative aimed at eventually ensuring that all South Africans have a daily standard level of free basic access to the internet to exercise their constitutionally guaranteed access to information rights.
The upcoming 2019 general elections will once again put the spotlight on media credibility.
A panel of journalists sat with media professionals, Embassy representatives, and citizens to discuss how the media and information market has been influenced by fake news and what impact it has had. The event, called the World Press Freedom Day Event, was hosted by Media Matters in collaboration with different media companies, including the South […]