Franz Krüger is adjunct professor and director of the Wits Radio Academy. He is also the ombud for the Mail & Guardian, a member of the South African Press Appeals Panel and the editor of www.journalism.co.za. His book Black, white and grey: journalism ethics in South Africa was published in 2004, while a second title, The Radio Journalism Toolkit, was published in 2006. He is a journalist of some 25 years’ experience and has worked in print and broadcasting in South Africa, Namibia and the UK. Krüger set up the alternative East Cape News Agencies in the 80s and was part of the first management team of the democratic era at the SABC.
Journalists usually resist attempts by the authorities to extract information from them that can be used to prosecute crimes.
Of late, I have read too many stories in the paper that do not work hard enough to persuade me as the reader that the central facts are established.
The art of writing headlines is a difficult one: they need to be accurate and attractive and it is easy to fall into the trap of overselling a story.
Not since the xenophobic attacks of 2008 have South Africa's underlying and unresolved patterns of violence burst as clearly into the open.
Twenty years on, the events of the massacre are contested and people remain divided and angry, writes the M&G's ombudsman Franz Kruger.