State capture and the media
STATE CAPTURE AND THE MEDIA
In the last two years investigative journalism in South Africa has soared to great heights. It has also sunk to unprecedented depths. The apogee was the publication of the #GuptaLeaks trove of emails in 2017. The nadir was in 2018 when The Sunday Times had to apologise for false allegations about a ‘rogue unit’ at the South African Revenue Services. In this lecture Anton Harber, adjunct professor of journalism at the University of the Witwatersrand, reflects on media in the era of state capture, the subject of his recent book, So, for the record (Jonathan Ball, 2020). While fêting the vital work done by today’s investigative journalists to expose corruption, state capture and corporate malfeasance, he also probes the shadowy side of media that furthered the aims of the Gupta state capture project.
This lecture will be offered on the Microsoft Teams platform. Participants will be sent a link.