11 Nov 2010
Dr. Essop Pahad, former minister in the South African presidency and Editor of The Thinker, a political journal argues that the media could be on the side for progressive change. He contends that the media can take a position linked to an ideological viewpoint.
Pahad challenged Mondli Makhanya's assertion that the media is not influenced by advertisers.
Pahad 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.