Is the media a critical ally of South Africa’s democracy?

You are warmly invited to the second debate in the Idasa series

“Building Democratic Societies”:

Is the Media a Critical Ally of South Africa’s Democracy?

Much has been said about the quality of and level of public discourse in South Africa, but how has the media contributed to the status of leaders whose voices divide rather than unite?

Do the South African media reflect and inform the voice of ordinary South Africans?

Has the media aided political leaders in polarising debates according to race and class?

Do we have real freedom of expression in South Africa?

Do the media sensationalize and trivialize politics?

Are citizens simply too cynical because the discourse is too destructive?

How can citizens use new and social media to create spaces for political contestation?

If you have strong views on these issues, please join us and participate in the second installment of our Building Democratic Societies debate series.

Christi van der Westhuizen (Political Journalist and Author)
Crystal Orderson (Journalist at SABC)
Brett Davidson (Independent Media Consultant)

Date: Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Time: 5.30pm for 6.00pm
Place: Idasa’s Cape Town Democracy Centre, 6 Spin Street Cape Town

RSVP: Tanya Shanker:
(Seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis.)


2 Responses

  1. It is sad that democracy is only enjoyed by a “privileged” few. Is this what is meant when we talk about rigting the imbalances of the past? All our lessons have come from past history good and bad and it seems that most of us once again have to suffer the same fate of being marginalised, excluded and kept on the outskirts of what is important.
    Communities need to be mobilised into taking back their hard fought democracy that so many have conviently forgotten. This however must come from our communities and can not be led by the ruling or opposition parties. They do not have the will or the capacity. Besides who wants to mobilise communities that will hold the initiator accountable. A bit like shooting yourself in the foot. It does also mean that a whole lot of people will have to start doing a whole lot of work.
    We will not go away. Just please give us our moneys worth! In closing….
    We fought, we talked, we hoped.
    Who gave you the right to take from me.
    Is it not mine.
    How dare you think I am not able.
    Did you ask if I am happy.
    Must you do it for me.

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