One of the heartening things that we have seen in the media industry over the past few months, is the way in which media professionals, in the face of a threatening atmosphere with regard to press freedom, have rallied together around initiatives of different sorts that for the most part express a concern with media freedom, and the direction of the social sphere in general. Some of these initiatives include the very vocal Right 2 Know campaign, and LeadSA.
The Daily Maverick this week launched Free African Media, which seems to aim to get African media people the continent over, talking about the state of media freedom in their respective countries. It makes for exciting reading, but also emphasises how real media freedom seems to be such a scarcity on this beautiful continent of ours.
Here's my contribution to Free African Media: http://www.freeafricanmedia.com/opinionista/2011-02-11-south-africa-press-council-hearings-to-start-amid-poisoned-air