Is press freedom in peril?

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- city-press.news24.com | 4 months ago

The political evolution – from Brexit, to the election of US President Donald Trump and other populist leaders in Africa and elsewhere to the rise of elected “strongmen” – has together tested the limits of people’s faith in democracy.

We all imagine the ideal democracy as one in which as many citizens as possible vote and the voters are armed with the most objective information. In this ideal world, the media operates freely and appropriates, to itself, the role of being the mirror of society.

Yet today only a fraction of the electorate is voting, and many are armed with a diet of hyped-up statistics and social media propaganda.

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