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Media Freedom and Breaking the news

19/10/2018

The media in South Africa commemorates the 41st anniversary of the infamous “Black Wednesday” which happened on the 19 October 1977, The World and Weekend World newspapers and several organisations were banned.

We think this day is a good time to reflect on the state of journalism in the country in 2018, especially in light of the recent scandal that has rocked a Sunday newspaper.

We have come a long way to media freedom in this country. Being Africa’s oldest community radio station project, which at one stage faced the full wrath of the apartheid government, we feel it is our duty and responsibility to promote accurate and fair reporting.

Bush Radio does not have the resources to be a “breaking news” station, but it is our duty to be accurate and give our listeners an opportunity to make up their own minds. This however can only happen if we present all sides of any argument, through good research and having access to role-players like politicians on a local, provincial and national level – this is proving harder and harder as officials simply refuse to comment or respond to questions from our newsroom and producers.

We call on all role-players who have an interest in improving the lives of the people on the Cape Flats to be accessible, especially to community media who truly speak and represent the people of Cape Town. It is only by engaging on the hard questions that we can truly claim to be improving the lives of citizens – and being a platform where people and audience can engage with political and social leaders. Thereby learning, healing and growing this wonderful city.

As a place where many young journalists start in their careers, we call upon our audience to hold us accountable and engage with us around our reporting and broadcasts.

Background on Black Wednesday:

On this day in 1977 in South Africa, then Minister of Justice Jimmy Kruger, banned The World and Weekend World newspapers by stating that these publications were “publishing inflammatory material that threatened the nation’s security” and the paper’s editor Percy Qoboza and other journalists were arrested and jailed.

19 organisations were also banned and apartheid critics were detained.

The organisations banned were BPC, SASO, Black Community Programmes, Black Parents Association, Black Women’s Federation, Border Youth Organisation, Eastern Province Youth Organisation, Medupe Writers Association, Natal Youth Organisation, National Youth Organisation, SASM, Soweto Students Representative Council, Soweto Teachers Action Committee, Transvaal Youth Organisation, Union of Black Journalists, Western Cape Youth Organisation, Zimele Trust Fund, Association for the Educational and Cultural Advancement of African People of South Africa.

Banning orders were also served on Beyers Naude and journalist Donald Woods.

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I write what I like #zamediafreedom #biko

12/09/2013

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originally published 10/09/2010

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From the archive: Download – Remembering Steve Biko

12/09/2012

Listen to a piece produced in 2008 on the anniversary of the death of Steve Biko by former Bush Radio intern; Rhode Marshall.

*Download: Remembering Steve Biko (4.95MB – 10min 49sec – Higher quality available)

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Taking #SONA2012 to the people

10/02/2012

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While the parliamentary precinct was buzzing with journalists, politicians and celebrities (see the slideshow) last night waiting for the 2012 State of the Nation address (SONA2012), Bush Radio was at the Portlands Indoor Sports Centre in Mitchells Plain with members of the community, local politicians and activists. (listen to the audio below)

Bush Radio put together the special outside broadcast to get a sense of what the community was expecting and what they thought of President Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address.

While the OB team was busy in Mitchells Plain the Bushradionews interns were at Parliament collecting sound and pictures of the event as well as generating analysis of the speech.

Some of the people who shared their views were during the outside broadcast in Mitchells Plain:

Louis Botha – Deputy Manager of GCIS in the Western Cape
Councillor Solomon Philander – Ward Councillor for ward 79 & Deputy Chairperson for the DA constituency, Mitchells Plain
Councillor Xolani Sotashe – Chief Whip of ANC in City of CT
Shahied Keet – Mitchells Plain Backyarddwellers and Resident’s Association
Rudy Kronenberg – Eastridge (Smarty town) Resident
Nafeesah – Resident
Michael Jacobs – Community Police Forum
Wayne McKay – local comedian and Bush Radio volunteer
Ismail Chotia – Universal Party

LISTEN TO THE PRE SONA 2012 DEBATE

LISTEN TO THE STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS

LISTEN TO THE POST SONA 2012 DEBATE

A visualisation produced by Bushradionews to highlight the most words used in the SONA 2012 - an interactive version is available on http://bushradionews.blogspot.com/

The mother has #COP17 covered

06/12/2011

Bushradio's COP17 newsteam: L to R - Tashneem Abrahams (VOC), Lusanda Bill (Bushradio), Xolewla Mvumvu (MotheoFM) and Wesley Wessels (Bushradio)

Check out a few of the stories filed by the Bushradionews team based in Durban during the COP17 Conference below. The special coverage was made possible through a partnership between Bush Radio and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and involved training and community dialogues.

The content produced by the team is being distributed to all radio stations in South Africa as well as via the World Association of Community Radio broadcasters (AMARC) and is being carried by AllAfrica.

Remember you can follow the team on twitter (@Bushradio) or by check out their posts (Bushradionews).

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Get your info – breaking news on #COP17 here

28/11/2011

Bush Radio 89.5 FM will be providing coverage of the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to various radio stations and other media organisations in South Africa and around the world for the duration of the conference (28 November – 9 December 2011) in Durban.

You will be able to access updates, audio, video and pictures via the Bushradionews platform or by following us on Twitter and searching here #COP17.

This project is a continuation of a partnership between the station and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, which involved a in-depth training course for radio stations throughout South Africa, community dialogues and the creation of a COP17 focused newsteam lead by Bush Radio and drawn from other stations in South Africa.

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Getting journalists ready for #COP17

17/11/2011

For the past three months, we have been running our climate change – COP17 campaign, which consists of community dialogues, training for broadcasters and running a news desk during COP17.

In the past two weeks (7 – 18 November) our offices have reverberated with the words COP17 and climate change – training and equipping broadcasters to demystify the issues of climate change and COP17, and enabling them to engage in debates at their stations.

Participants getting to grips with the issues

Bush Radio, in partnership with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, developed a training course which brought together radio journalists from throughout South Africa. With the training, the broadcasters will be able to highlight the issues of climate change and translate these issues to their various communities in a clear and efficient way. In order to acheive this, briefings were held with various stakeholders in the area of climate change – these included the public, scientists, activists, civil society, politicians, international broadcasters and the United Nations. The course also upgraded their production and journalism skills.

The BBC's Steve Martin engaging the group on the importance of community media

Two participants will also be selected to form part of the Bush Radio newsteam that will be heading to the conference to cover it for South African radio stations as well as the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC)

What some of the participants felt about the training:

“The workshop has opened my mind by giving me a better understanding of climate change and COP17. I feel like a new encyclopaedia filled with more knowledge than Google”.  – Tashneem Abrahams – VOC

Team building through dance

“The two weeks of being in Cape Town has really flown by quickly. The staff at Bush Radio has been very friendly, but most of all, the entire workshop has been great and the facilitator was great too. Thank you so much to everyone who has made this possible.”  –Xolelwa Mvumvu – Motheo FM

“Having been part of this 2 weeks climate change workshop has been a great experience. Meeting up with journalists from other provinces and having fun while learning was definitely the cherry on top.” –  Bongani Gina – uMgungundlovu Community Radio KZN

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Remembering Black Wednesday – 19 October 1977 #zamediafreedom

19/10/2011

More info:

BLACK WEDNESDAY: 19TH OCTOBER 1977 – LEST WE FORGET

Media Matters: Making sure Black Wednesday never happens again

Black Wednesday articles on BizCommunity

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I write what I like #zamediafreedom (repost)

12/09/2011

originally published 10/09/2010

Donald Woods on Bush Radio (CLICK TO LISTEN)