Media freedom in the Age of Falsehoods

Daily Maverick, Rebecca Redelmeier, 3 May 2018

Today, it’s not only physical threats that put press freedom at risk. Threats to media freedom are provoked by a challenging global economy and an increase in fake news.

William Bird, director of Media Monitoring Africa, noted these changing tides.

“Traditionally, threats came from the state,” he said.

“That’s still how it is in many nations. But now in South Africa, threats come from powerful people, who may be working in collusion with the state.”

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