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  • Independent Media accused of inflating circulation figures

    18 July 2019, Sunday Times, SHAIN GERMANER Media Monitoring Africa director William Bird said he now understood why Independent Media had initially appeared to not have been hit as hard …

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  • Zondo commission under pressure to move out of Tiso-owned property

    17 July 2019, IOL, Staff Reporter However, William Bird, the director of Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) has a different view on the matter. He said he was not sure on …

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  • More battles for media freedom being won, but the war is far from over

    14 July 2019, Daily Maverick, William Bird   Delegations from more than 100 countries, including 60 ministers, and more than 1,500 journalists, academics and campaigners, recently gathered in London for …

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  • The 4IR imperative: Opening up internet access to more South Africans (with videos)

    5 July 2019, The Media Online, Michael Bratt “Access to the internet is now recognized as a fundamental right. That matters to us because we don’t have fundamental rights being …

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  • Another bailout for the SABC?

    4 July 2019, Cape Talk, Sara-Jayne King   William Bird, director of Media Monitoring Africa, agrees. They speak to the majority of people in our country and they’re the only …

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  • Discredited, threatened, attacked: challenges of covering South Africa’s election in the digital age

    1 July 2019, Committee to Projects Journalists, Angela Quintal SANEF developed an election portal where journalists could report threats and intimidation online. It received zero complaints, said executive director Kate Skinner. A platform to fight …

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"If, as Carey (James W) suggests, democracy is the same thing as journalism, it should not surprise us to see both in deep trouble these days. We can only save democracy by saving journalism, or vice versa" 

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