The Protection of State Information Bill currently awaiting President Jacob Zuma's signature is a victory for organised citizens' power. It is so much better than the original version the securocrats tabled a couple of years ago in that it signals a setback for what they were trying to achieve: greater control over the flow of information (leaks, in other words) that was troubling and often embarrassing the government.
A new study has revealed surprisingly strong investigative journalism in independent local papers in three provinces. Almost 60% of the papers analysed contained investigative material, and Limpopo papers did best of all. Lisa Hiemer of the East Cape Communication Forum outlines the study's findings:
City Press's investigation into Nkandlagate won it "Journalist of the Year" at the recent Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards. As Gill Moodie writes in this week's Backstory, the story took a lucky leak, a lot of hard footwork and a willingness to tread on powerful toes.
Now that Dr Iqbal Survé is the official proprietor-in-waiting of one of the biggest newspaper groups in the country, Independent Newspapers, Journalism.co.za's Gill Moodie caught up with him to find out about his views on the big media issues such as the Info Bill, the changing craft of journalism in our fast-paced, socially networked world and how he wishes to exert his media influence. Perhaps unsurprisingly, he's careful to steer clear of anything controversial.