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Wa Afrika, Loewenstein and Zibi at Open Book 2014: “The State of the Press Globally has Never Been Worse”

Open Book 2014: State of the Media
Nothing Left to StealProfits of DoomRaising the Bar

Mzilikazi wa Afrika, Antony Loewenstein, and Songezo Zibi spoke to Charles King about the state of the media on Saturday afternoon at the Open Book Festival in Cape Town.

King started the conversation by reading from Zibi’s Raising the Bar. Zibi said there is a crisis in the media today to respond and to remain relevant.

Mzilikazi, author of Nothing Left to Steal, said, “I think as media houses and journalists, we have managed to sustain against threats and intimidation.”

Profits of Doom author Loewenstein said “the state of the press globally has never been worse”. He said journalists are being killed as part of propaganda campaigns.

The three veterans spoke about the challenges of journalism, the changing nature of newsrooms, and the influence of citizen journalism.

Books LIVE’s Erin Devenish covered the conversation:

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