This morning the Weekend Post broke the news that Cosatu secretary-general Zwelinzima Vavi has been accused of rape by an unknown woman. The story quickly spread across social media as various news organisations ran their own versions of the recent allegations to plague the beleaguered (and often controversial) Vavi. Journalists’ coverage of the allegation have brought up ethical questions around the reporting of sexual violence.
I have decided to start monitoring reports of internet censorship in Africa, and will write-up a monthly update from here on out. The update will include known arrests and harassment of bloggers and other netizens around the continent. This list won’t be limited to cases of state repression, but will also include private or corporate… Read More ›
The surge in information and news dissemination via micro-blogging has posed interesting questions and dilemmas for ‘professional’ journalists, and indeed may result in the renegotiation of their traditional roles. Discourses of the ‘gatekeeper’ role and the objectivity imperative for professional journalists have been especially affected by the use of Twitter as an informational tool, as was demonstrated by Twitter coverage of the 2009 Iran protests.
Here is agenda for the aforementioned panel discussion that I will be live tweeting from later tonight – “What kind of broadcaster does the Eastern Cape need?” Director of Media Monitoring Africa, William Bird (@billbobbird), will be speaking, as well as various political representatives. Additionally, the spokesperson for the Grahamstown Unemployed People’s Movement (UPM), Xola… Read More ›