Media Monitoring Africa events celebrateing 25 years- Media Freedom Week

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Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) celebrates 25 years of protecting our right to freedom of the press with a series of thought-provoking events for Media Freedom Week.

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As October draws to a close, the media remember one of the lowest points for press freedom in South Africa and celebrate the stand that many brave journalists took on Black Wednesday to fight for media credibility and freedom of expression. This year Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) celebrates 25 years in its role as a media watch dog, presenting an action-packed week of events that open discussion and debate on the key issues facing the media today. Media Freedom Week will take place from the 22nd of October to the 25th of October.

In an age where the media is buzzing with the real, the fake, the outrageous and the delusional, it is more pressing than ever to ensure that our constitutional right to media freedom is not muddied by distortion and disinformation.

MMA invite all those looking to protect the truth to ponder, probe and interrogate the current state of the media in a thought-provoking series of discussions and events The following events will be taking place from Monday 22 October to Thursday 25 October 2018 and all interested parties are invited to attend. Use the following links to RSVP or visit mediamonitoringafrica.org for more information and to book your seat.

WEDNESDAY 24 OCTOBER 2018

The SABC: On its way up or on its way out?

Venue: The Jesuit Institute South Africa, 15 Molesey Avenue, Auckland Park, Johannesburg

Time: 18:00pm for 18:30pm

The SABC has rocked from disaster to calamity over the last decade, but now there is an independent board, a new head of news and two independent inquiries taking place. Do these changes signal a new era for South Africa’s public broadcaster or are we set for more of the same?  MMA will unpack this issue with experts from both inside and outside the SABC.

THURSDAY 25 OCTOBER 2018

Elections2019: The bots are ready… Are you?

Venue: Google South Africa, Golden Oak House, Bally Oaks Office Park, 35 Ballyclare Dr, Bryanston, Johannesburg

Time: 18:00pm for 18:30pm

 Around the world elections and public narratives are being swayed, manipulated and distorted by a range of online forces. With next year’s elections posed to be the most contested South African elections since 1994, we know that some will seek to deliberately undermine our democracy. Hear from experts what to expect next year and how to respond to these threats.

Media Monitoring Africa are supported and sponsored by the Open Society Foundation, Raith Foundation, Omidyar, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Social Justice Initiative, Google SA

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