20 February 2019

South Africa: The Doctor Is in, the Doctor Is Out

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Apart from Eskom and power cuts, some of our media have been giving a lot of attention to Ayo, Sekunjalo, the PIC, its deals and funding. What makes the coverage unusual is that at the centre of much of it is the owner of Independent Media, Dr Iqbal Survé.

The issues being covered in the stories are complex, and it appears that there is a deliberate attempt to shift the story from understanding deals and wrongdoing to a "he said, she said" scenario where issues are muddied, and the public, instead of being left with a clear picture of what is going on and who has done what, is left wondering what on earth is going on.

We haven't yet carried out a focused analysis of the coverage. Instead, we will be looking at a few key differences in the reporting of the stories. One of the first elements that struck us was the person at the focus of the stories. We have as a result pulled data from our monitoring on Dr Iqbal Survé. The data was collected using our online monitoring tool, Dexter, looking at media over the last 12 months, and includes media that mentioned Iqbal Survé....

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