Media freedom and democracy go hand in hand (Nelson Mandela Foundation)

On Tuesday, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Media Monitoring Africa and the Oslo Freedom Forum hosted a panel discussion and dialogue named “Media Under Fire”. The dialogue was part of ongoing work to engage with the media in South Africa. The event sought to explore new threats posed to the media, as well how journalists begin to self-censor when they find themselves under threat.

The panel included award-winning Angolan investigative journalist Rafael Marques de Morais, Palestinian blogger Iyad el-Baghdadi, Zineb El Rhazoui, Moroccan-born French human rights activist and former Charlie Hebdo columnist, Khadija Patel, editor of South Africa’s Mail & Guardian and Krivani Pillay, an executive producer at the SABC and one of the so-called “SABC 8” who were fired for speaking out against the broadcaster’s decision to stop reporting on service delivery protests.

Read more and listen to a recording of the event here.