DIRECTOR’S BLOG

New rules needed to ensure social media does not ...

27-06-2018

First published in Business Day 13 June 2018 Growth of online platforms in SA means national polls may not be immune to campaigns of disinformation William Bird, MMA The eyes …

Dear Mr President, here are five ways you can ...

20-02-2018

First appeared in Daily Maverick here  This open letter to Cyril Ramaphosa is a plea for a better media and communications strategy – and no more useless office bearers. By …

MMA Director: Reflections on Safer Internet Day ...

06-02-2018

Today is a really important day, and unlike other big political meetings there will actually be some real outcomes. Safer Internet Day (SID) is a day that will grow in …

Minister’s appeal of SABC judgment serves ...

12-11-2017

First published in Daily Maverick 10/11/2017 The latest Minister of Communications has decided to appeal a ground-breaking judgment that gave the SABC Board independence. Here we go again. Shooting ourselves …

Media Freedom for all in our young democracy

10-10-2017

Written By: William Bird, MMA Director (First published in Daily Maverick, 10 October 2017) As we approach 19 October we can be sure that the issue of media freedom will …

#IsuElihleAwards17: Representing something ...

20-09-2017

Written by: William Bird We are gathered today for the 2nd Isu Elihle awards!  Thank you all so much for being here.  I promise you if you knew the hard …

From Media Freedom to the Real impact of Fake News

20-08-2017

Support our media, pay subscriptions, write to journalists when they do well and also when they let you down, and most importantly remind people who trash out media that they …

Media Monitoring Africa’s evidence to SABC Board ...

19-08-2017

Having monitored the SABC’s coverage in the run-up to all our democratic elections, in 2016 Media Monitoring Africa found evidence for the first time of systemic bias. This is a …

Discussing Media Freedom in Turkey

04-03-2015

I was recently fortunate to be with a group of South African media people (editors, journalists and academics and NGO types) in Istanbul to discuss issues relating to Media Freedom. …

What is Wazimap?

03-11-2014

For those who haven’t seen it Wazimap is a cool easy to use interactive tool for journalists (and anyone else who is interested in data really) to help them add …

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