A fragile affair: The relationship between the mainstream media and government in post-apartheid south Africa

Journal of Mass Media Ethics 20 (2 & 3):192 – 208 (2005)
This article explores the relation between the government and the media in post-apartheid South Africa. An overview is given of key developments and tensions between the government and the media in the first 10 years of democracy and the ethical frameworks underlying the respective positions. An overview of the debate between the so-called "national interest" and the "public interest" is given, and linked to normative ethical frameworks of libertarianism vis-a-vis communitarianism. A mean between the 2 is suggested in the form of mutualism, whereas the necessity for conceptual clarification in debating the relation between the government and the media is emphasized.
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