18 January 2019

South Africa: Media Should Guard Against Fake News Ahead of the 2019 Elections

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As the African Transformation Movement continues to attract hundreds of thousands of people and is making its presence felt, there are unfortunately some mischievous, unfounded and incorrect media reports aimed at discrediting the party.

This right of reply is in response to the following article in Daily Maverick: Can Mzwanele Manyi get into the national Parliament?

The upcoming 2019 national elections provide the right temperature for the political vitriol, mudslinging, character assassination and of course fake news to proliferate -- thus grabbing the media headlines. Not only has fake news become part of our current lexicon, but sadly part of our daily reality.

With the stakes ever so high in the upcoming elections, this calls for the media to be ever-watchful and discerning. This can never be over-emphasised, as fake news has crept in into some media houses and become embedded in some journalists. The phenomenon of fake news has highlighted the need for the media to confront the enemy within. This is because the peddlers of fake news are no longer only those without identity -- who operate in the dark disseminating false information.

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