The Economist Reports that in South Africa that a media company called Koni Media Holdings is going to by Johnnic Communications, South Africa’s fourth major media groups. The Sunday Times that Johnnic owns is one of the most criticial newspapers of the government.
It printed information about the health minister’s confidential medical reports. Her name is Manto Tshabalala-Msimang and is famous for saying to eat garlic and beetroot to cure HIV.
The President’s buddy buying this newspaper would definitely change the tone of it.
The Economist also says: “Jane Duncan of Freedom of Expression Institute, a local watchdog, claims that the independence of the broadcasting regulator has been gradually eroded since the late 1990s. The government has been accused of turning the South African Broadcasting Corporation, the public broadcaster that remains the main source of information for most South Africans, into a lapdog”
Now of course, I do not oppose the takeover because if the free-market allows it, I am all about it. I recommend to the company who is taking it over to let the newspaper act freely and if that cannot be achieved then I call on any other newspaper to challenge the government.
Sometimes the media is the check and balance of the government.