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The publication of the draft Nkandla report was justified – despite the attendant risks, writes Franz Krüger.
A few weeks ago the Mail & Guardian published a report that put Minister of Finance Gordhan in a bad light. Some important elements were left out.
For all the fuss around the Press Council of South Africa in the recent past, its rulings attract regrettably little attention.
Journalists usually resist attempts by the authorities to extract information from them that can be used to prosecute crimes.
With terrible predictability the beginning of South Africa's winter brings with it another batch of circumcision-related deaths.
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 lead story in last week's sought to provide some context to the recent upheavals at South African Airways.
The Oscar Pistorius case has put the limits of court reporting in the spotlight, particularly the sub-judice rule.
As the new year creakily gathers steam, press standards and regulation are under scrutiny in both South Africa and the United Kingdom.
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.
Newspapers can earn good money by publishing sponsored content but it must be clearly distinguished from editorial or risk the newspaper's reputation.
Twenty years on, the events of the massacre are contested and people remain divided and angry, writes the M&G's ombudsman Franz Kruger.
In any week there are readers who are unhappy with some aspect of the Mail & Guardian. Franz Kruger discusses two articles that upset readers.
Joe Thloloe, South Africa's press ombudsman, has been honoured with the Order of Ikhamanga (silver) during one of media's most difficult times.
The lack of trust in security structures is spilling over into reports about them.
The new M&G code sets out the paper's aspirations and aims, and brings it up to speed with the times.
From very early last Friday, the protests began rolling in. At the time of writing, my inbox alone has 79 complaints.