Progressive change can only come about once power relations change in society change, argued SACSIS Columnist, Richard Pithouse, at a roundtable discussion co-hosted by SACSIS and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung South Africa Office.
The fact of the matter is that the media is a commercial enterprise and thus influenced by an unconscious ideological bias related to being able to secure advertising revenue as well as holding on to a particular market -- and there is a structural limitation to what can be achieved within that space, contends Pithouse.
The roundtable discussion, which examined the media's perspective of the South African economy, put the following questions to editors: 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, Mondli Makhanya (Editor in Chief, Avusa Media/Chairperson, SANEF), Nic Dawes (Editor in Chief of the Mail & Guardian), Reg Rumney (Head of the Centre for Economics Journalism in Africa, Rhodes University) and Alide Dasnois (Editor of the Cape Times).