, Volume 67, Number 6

Herman Wasserman & Michelle Solomon
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Herman Wasserman is Professor and Deputy Head of the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. His latest books are Tabloid Journalism in South Africa (Indiana University Press, 2010) and Popular Media, Democracy and Development in Africa (Routledge, 2011). He edits the academic journal Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies.

Michelle Solomon is a Masters student at the School of Journalism and Media at Rhodes University. Her research interests include media regulation, law and ethics. She is also a freelance journalist and researcher.

The arrival of democracy in South Africa brought with it unprecedented freedom for its media. No longer shackled by the myriad of laws it had to endure under apartheid, the right to freedom of expression had now been enshrined in its new negotiated Constitution. This guarantee notwithstanding, the relationship between journalists and the African National Congress (ANC)-led government has been tense at times, as both parties negotiated the rules and responsibilities of the media in a new democracy.

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