“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.”
Director of Media Monitoring Africa, William Bird, has called on journalists to fight any attempts to undermine their credibility.
Media Monitoring Africa has reiterated a call for people to verify information or video footage before sharing them on social media platforms.
The SABC has made strides in its bid to push for unbiased and ethical reporting.
Media Monitoring Africa has urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to spell out solutions to the financial crisis faced by the SABC, as he prepares for Thursday’s State of the Nation Address.