Fight for Democracy: The ANC and the Media in South Africa (Paperback)

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In her penetrating and critical scrutiny of the African National Congress’s (ANC) treatment of the print media since the inception of democracy in 1994, Glenda Daniels does not hide behind a veil of detachment. Instead, she makes a passionate argument for the view that newspapers and journalists play a significant role in the deepening of democratic principles. Daniels’ study goes to the heart of current debates and asks why the ANC, given its stated commitment to the democratic objectives of the Constitution, is so ambivalent about the freedom of the media. What would be the consequences of a revised media policy on democracy in South Africa, and at what cost to freedom of expression? Daniels examines the pattern of paranoia that has crept into public discourse about the media and the ANC, and the conflicting relationship between the two. She argues that the ANC’s understanding of democracy, transformation and development entails (amongst other things) the rallying of the nation behind its leadership as the premier liberation movement and democratically elected representative of the majority while morally coercing black journalists and professionals into loyalty. Daniels challenges the dominant ANC view that journalists are against transformation and that they take instruction from the owners of the media houses; in short that they are “enemies of the people.” Fight for Democracy is a timely publication in the context of the impending clampdown on media freedom and the twin threats of the Protection of State Information Bill (Secrecy Bill) and the Media Appeals Tribunal, both of which signify closures in South Africa’s democracy.

About the Author

Glenda Daniels has been a journalist in South Africa for more than 20 years. Most recently, she was advocacy coordinator at Amabhungane (M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism), where she defended the space for investigative journalists to do their work. She gives talks and presentations throughout South Africa on media freedom and access to information issues. She also served on the Right2Know leadership structures.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781868145683
ISBN-10: 1868145689
Publisher: Wits University Press
Publication Date: November 1st, 2013
Pages: 264
Language: English