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Guy Berger

Guy Berger

    Principles to protect African journalism
    Principles to protect African journalism
    A fish, they say, starts to rot from the head. It's the same in the world of newshounds. When there are bad smells at the top echelons of a media...
    One final honk
    One final honk
    This is the 200th edition of this column, written to appear on October 19 -- South Africa's National Press Freedom Day.
    Getting to the heart of free speech
    Getting to the heart of free speech
    What do the following have in common: A cartoon about rape, a song about killing boers, and a photo mash-up of teachers and gay bodybuilders?
    Pluralism is a bigger priority than press ownership
    Pluralism is a bigger priority than press ownership
    There's renewed focus on newspaper ownership by the ANC, even as the ruling party is becoming less hardline about the Media Appeals Tribunal and...
    You can't fix public broadcasting with flawed law-making
    You can't fix public broadcasting with flawed law-making
    Imagine a forum on agriculture without the farmers present. The same logic applies to a bunch of people discussing a new law for South African...
    Healing journalism, one beat at a time
    Healing journalism, one beat at a time
    If journalism was a human being, would that person be male or female? What's the individual's contribution to society? What shape is she or he in?...
    Surmounting deadlock over the state of South African media freedom
    Surmounting deadlock over the state of South African media freedom
    National Press Freedom Day on October 19 is a fitting anniversary to take stock of threats to South African journalism -- and especially of the...
    Losing Mandela, but winning a second liberation
    Losing Mandela, but winning a second liberation
    Many people don't want to talk about it. Newspapers have been hammered for featuring an artist's musings on it. But, unpleasant as it is, preparations have to be made for the unwanted, but inevitable, death of Nelson Mandela. ...
    Tribunal seems like an easy ANC victory, but here's the lie
    Tribunal seems like an easy ANC victory, but here's the lie
    Faced with mega-messes in education and joblessness (not to mention Aids), the ANC conference this week thought it could make easy headway with...
    To fix SABC, break it up
    To fix SABC, break it up
    It's a re-run: rather than only reporting on South Africa, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is itself once again a news story. And...
    How the ANC can break the press impasse
    How the ANC can break the press impasse
    The cock that crows in the morning belongs to one household, but his voice is the property of the neighbourhood. This proverb, cited by the author...
    Press freedom: From daylight to nightmare?
    Press freedom: From daylight to nightmare?
    Pinch me, somebody! Are the unprecedented protests by newspaper editors unnecessary hysteria? Is the press watchdog crying wolf?