The fallacy of a ‘free media’ in South Africa

By Zimasa Mpemnyama Over the past few weeks, the phrase ‘free media’ has been used to characterise the media landscape of South Africa. Although the phrase has been in use for quite sometime now, it was catapulted into the national conversation again after the Black First Land First (BLF) movement picketed outside the home of …

Johann Rupert’s propaganda war to fabricate public opinion

By BO Staff Writer On Sunday, the Sunday Times carried an article called “‘White monopoly capital’ chosen distraction in PR strategy to clear Guptas”. The claims made by this article suggest that the Guptas are waging a propaganda campaign against Johann Rupert and white monopoly capital, and that Black First Land First (BLF) and the …

AmaBhungane – A pro-imperialist media agenda uncovered

By BO Staff Writer The story of the amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism has its roots in the weekly newspaper, the Mail and Guardian (M&G). In March 2010, the marriage between the newspaper and the investigative journalism unit was solidified and officialised. Since then, stories after stories of state ‘corruption’ and ‘maladministration’ were uncovered by …

Steve Motale supporters march to The Citizen

By BO Staff Writer Today, the Forum of Journalists for Transformation (FJT) lead a march to the offices of The Citizen newspaper to demand the immediate reinstatement of suspended Black editor, Steve Motale. FTJ, along with the Black First Land First movement (BLF), Transform RSA, Communications Workers Union (CWU), Cosas, Patriotic Alliance (PA), and others …

BLF to march in support of media freedom!

Media Statement The Black First Land First (BLF) movement shall on Wednesday, 23 November, join a march, to be led by the Forum of Journalists for Transformation (FJT), to the offices of The Citizen newspaper. BLF is appauled by the silence of the so-called “media freedom” champions about the silencing of Steve Motale as editor …