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ARTICLE: Chinese media has a limited effect on Kenyan and South African students

The growing number of Chinese-owned media in different African has demonstrated how Beijing wants to create a stronger mediated relationship with Africa. Some of the media projects in recent years have caused notable controversy and opposition. But how influential are Chinese media in Africa? ask Herman Wasserman of the University of Cape Town, and Dani … Continued



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ARTICLE: The moral panic about ‘fake news’ in South Africa

Proliferation of fake news websites and fake social media accounts have raised concerns also in South Africa. The phenomenon should not be understood outside of its particular contexts of production and consumption, writes Herman Wasserman of the University of Cape Town. The study provides an exploratory overview of different types of media output. A very … Continued


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ARTICLE: Different types of government support could help foster diversity in South African media

There should be more constructive debate about media diversity in South Africa, Julia Plessing of the University of Johannesburg, argues. She studied different types of print media regulation and support in Scandinavia, Latin America and West Africa, and examines these in the South African context. There is a tension between ensuring press freedom by state … Continued