South Africa: Media crackdown `about control`

source: News24
2010-09-22 08:01

Cape Town – The government’s proposed media crackdown should be seen in the context of its own crisis of legitimacy, Mail and Guardian editor Nic Dawes said on Tuesday.

The issue was not about metropolitan journalists trampling on people’s rights, but of control, he told a panel discussion in Cape Town.

“I think that really the reason we’ve seen the debate ratchet up to this level now is not that the press has suddenly become much worse than it was five years ago or ten years ago, but that there’s a crisis of hegemony within the governing party,” he [continue reading]

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