What we’re reading this week
Take a look at some of the things we are currently reading in our newsroom that you should be aware of
Time Magazine|The Media Is Partly or Completely Restricted in 132 Countries, According to the 2021 World Press Freedom Index
Journalism is restricted in two-thirds of the world, during a time where reliable and truthful information is needed and is important to combat misinformation and fake news. The World Press Freedom Index conducted a surveyed and found is totally blocked in 73 nations and constrained in 59.
Public relations and journalism have a symbiotic relationship, whereby each rely on the other. But due to financial cuts that newsrooms have been facing, PR is becoming dominant, which could undermine the already limited trust in news.
Daily Maverick |SA’s media relatively free, but Africa remains the most dangerous continent for journalists
Reporters and journalists in sub-Saharan Africa face harassment and attacks and the pandemic has created an even more challenging environment for journalist. The World Freedom Index said that journalists in sub-Saharan countries are viewed as enemies to be controlled or suppressed.
The author explores how centuries of division built one of the most unequal countries on earth. Racial division was built into the fabric of cities throughout South Africa, and it still hasn’t been uprooted. The article is accompanied with a video, which takes the viewer into how apartheid laws of racial division continue even after apartheid has ended.