10 Nov 2010
SACSIS columnist, Liepollo Pheko contends that there absolutely nothing wrong with having a subjective opinion of social justice.
Pheko also challenged editor Mondli Makhanya's assertion that the media accommodates a wide range of views. She argued that it is incredibly difficult to get alternative views into the media.
"It's incredibly difficult to get 'different' articles into the media…this whole notion that you are welcome, just send us an email, just pop your article through the letterbox is just bunk," she said.
Pheko made these remarks at a roundtable discussion co-hosted by SACSIS and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung South Africa Office.
The roundtable discussion examined the media's perspective of the South African economy.
Editors were asked to answer the following questions: Is the economy on the right growth path? What are the prospects for making it more inclusive? How does the media report on the economy? Does the media have a vision for South Africa's economic development?
Media speakers at the event included, Nic Dawes (Editor in Chief, Mail & Guardian), Alide Dasnois (Editor, Cape Times) and Reg Rumney (Head of the Centre for Economics Journalism in Africa, Rhodes University) and Mondli Makhanya, Editor in Chief of Avusa Media and Chairman of SANEF.