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Fake news in a time of half-truths

Fake news in a time of half-truths

Fake news and yellow journalism has undoubtedly become the new norm. From false reports and fake missing friends, to photo-shopped images, government scandals and sensationalism, this scourge has organisations and news outlets fighting for their credibility. The President of the United States has been accused of providing fake news only a few months into his term. While we blindly trust…

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Press conferences: Hard facts or half-truths?

Press conferences: Hard facts or half-truths?

So if adamantly refusing to answer questions from journalists and blaming the media for an unfolding social crisis counts as a press conference, then the whole notion of press briefings is nothing short of a cruel joke. Following last Sunday’s Social Development press conference called for urgently by none other than Sassa Minister Bathabile Dlamini, the key messages that echoed…

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