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Wits Journalism launches State of the Newsroom 2014 report

[Johannesburg, 20 October 2014] - Continued decline of print circulation, ongoing retrenchments, and an increased number of broadcast media, both television and radio stations, are some of the media landscape trends documented in Wits Journalism's second State of the Newsroom report, titled: Disruptions Accelerated, which was launched at a Media Freedom Day celebration and Black Wednesday commemoration, co-hosted with the South African National Editors' Forum on 17 October 2014.

The report also highlights an apparent growing trend in harassment of and violence against journalists, particularly of photojournalists, while an ominous legislative backdrop – the impending signing into law of the Protection of State Information and Intelligence Bills, and the existing anachronistic National Key Points Act – casts a dark cloud. In addition, the Media Appeals Tribunal still lurks as an ANC resolution.

Senior lecturer at Wits Journalism, Dr Glenda Daniels, who leads the State of the Newsroom research, said: "The independent media in South Africa is strong but we have to be very vigilant because there are threats all around us."
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Wits Journalism launches State of the Newsroom 2014 report

Last updated : 20 October 2014


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