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Huffington Post SA's business structure in now being discussed and Haffajee says that the pressures on young journalists is far higher than in the past. She says journalists are now expected to do more like Tweeting, posting on Facebook and a lot more. There's also talk of how journalists live in fear of getting the chop.
Back to the red Audi, Daily Maverick reporting: "The vehicle seems to have been gifted by Brian Molefe to his son Itumeleng Molefe, a student at the University of Cape Town. Itumeleng is a longstanding friend of Lindsay Maasdorp and BLF leader Andile Mngxitama – he was also one of the students arrested in February 2016 during the Fees Must Fall protests. Maasdorp confirmed that Itumeleng lent the car to BLF. “I’m his friend. Yes, he borrowed me the car. So go now, write your bullsh*t story and f*ck off,” Maasdorp said."
Ndolzi says the liberal media is scared of ideas like nationalisation and calls for the interrogation of ideas. He says the EFF believes in self regulation of the media but criticises the current system, describing it as toothless. He says self regulation as it stands is not effective at all. Ndlozi lashes the BLF too.
Mthembu says the media refused to testify at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for its role in entrenching apartheid and this has led to the suspicion of the media. He believes the media should still testify at this late stage because they still need to apologize to the black majority for a lack of reporting on certain stories, in defence of the apartheid government.
Heywood stressing that things are getting significantly worse in South Africa and appeals to the media to look deeper. He says there must be support for the media but the problem is a lack of willingness to spend money on media. Heywood says there’s a professional crisis in journalism but there are solutions to the problem.
Fatima Hassan is now discussing Jay Naidoo’s comment about fake activism. She says you can call it fake activist but she prefers to call it sinister. She says this is nothing new and that South Africa is about three years behind the rest of the globe. Hassan adds that the panel is not very representative and that there should be more black females on the panel next year.
Thloloe: The tinkering with our democracy has started. We heard it all morning here. In recent weeks the South African National Editors' Forum [and others] approached the court to stop the BLF harassing journalists and the BLF has largely ignored the court order. But it's not just from those quarters. Residents in Coligny harassed journalists. Journalists also complain of harsh treatment from police.