State of the Media – Presentation at Sanef

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William Bird, director of MMA, gave a presentation at a Sanef’s summit, which focused on issues of media freedom.

The purpose of the report is to provide an overview, from an MMA perspective of key criticisms made in the ANC’s discussion document on the media (ANC discussion document 2010- Media Transformation, ownership and diversity). The discussion examples and analyses have been drawn from a variety of MMA’s existing research conducted over the last 17years.

MMA’s perspective is that our media in several respects is not living up to its responsibilities, but that the media is progressively albeit gradually getting better and that not only reflects South Africa’s developing democracy but it also suggests an ongoing positive trend in media that runs across print and broadcast, community and commercial media.

Download the Presentation here.

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