South African Elections and the Media

Thursday 9 May 2019

Fake news, disinformation and ANC control of the state broadcaster all featured in the 2016 local elections, as outlined in Martin Plaut’s recent article in the Conversation, and covert tactics have been used in other campaigns in South Africa.

Speakers  at a recent ICWS event discussed the impact of the media and fake news on elections and the implications for democracy. A podcast of the event is available here

Chair: Dr Sue Onslow, Deputy Director ICWS 

Speakers:
Mr Justin Adams, UK Chairperson, Democratic Alliance
Dr Desne Masie, Economist and journalist. Fellow, Wits School of Governance and Senior Associate at Global Counsel
Mr Martin Plaut, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, & former BBC World Service (Africa Programme Editor)