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A glimpse into the future of government propaganda

The Ethiopian government has created its own ‘fact-checking’ unit — and it is not the only government to do so.

Khaya Sithole: Trump’s mantra of ‘fake news’ harmed media

Viewers and readers need to trust that news outlets are accurate, balanced, fair and impartial

Protecting South Africa in the digital information and entertainment age

The Films and Publications Amendment Act aims to protect citizens, but new technology requires that the regulations and guidelines are updated

Lies, damn lies and WhatsApp: Why it pays to listen to political rumours in Zim

The rumour mill can shape politics — and reveal uncomfortable truths

Is WhatsApp shaping democracy in Africa?

A study shows that the social messaging platform is both emancipatory and destructive, particularly during election campaigns

Rethinking communication and innovation in the time of Covid-19

Physical distancing rules do not have to mean that we work in isolation; on the contrary, the need for communication has never been greater

‘Fake news’ fears as Covid-19 highlights the dangers of misinformation

Reliable news coverage is needed more than ever, but trust in the media is at an all-time low

Meet the ‘Corona Guy’ fighting Covid-19 disinformation in Kenya’s refugee camp

One radio presenter is using the airwaves to bring vital facts about the virus to Dadaab’s 217 000 residents

For whom the Bell tolls

The cautionary tale of Bell Pottinger reminds us of the role of journalism in a democracy and why we owe it to ourselves to be more responsible about the media we consume

Youth mythbusters needed to curb the viral threat to public health communications

Because most fake news is spread on social media where young people feel comfortable, the government should ask for their help

How coronavirus is affecting Kenya’s hearing impaired citizens

A deaf man in Kenya spread the message of Covid-19 when he realised a million hearing impaired people were left out of the conversation

Journalism also facing a pandemic

"When the threats are not physical, they are economic. The pandemic has already had a devastating impact on the media landscape as advertising revenues have plunged."

Southern Africa has cracked down on fake news, but may have gone too far

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Eswatini, South Africa and Zimbabwe have implemented new rules on disinformation. But these may have unintended consequences

New digital regulations mean the state can track you — no questions asked

The provisions have been introduced to contain the spread of Covid-19, but some may infringe on certain constitutional rights

Constitutional rights during disaster

New regulations have a far-reaching impact on people’s rights, but they are finely balanced against people’s Constitutional rights

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Don’t be deceived: Covid-19 vaccines are not for sale

Police warn against fake Covid-19 vaccines and urge the public to report any criminal activities

Zondo deplores ‘attempted killing’ of state capture witness who implicated Molefe

The deputy chief justice says an attack on one witness may deter many others from giving evidence

State’s failure to act leaves Mpumalanga community at land grabbers’ mercy

Mpumalanga land claimants have been failed by state organs, whose officials are not helping them to remove land invaders, despite a court order

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