Media should apply more critical thinking in racism debate: Panel

JOHANNESBURG – The media must do some soul-searching. That’s the message emerging from a racism dialogue.

The panel says there’s been steady progress since the dawn of democracy.

But it’s warned that the industry is still making serious mistakes.

Not what is reported – but how it’s reported.

That was the main criticism levelled at the South African media by the panellists at the Human Sciences Research Council Racism Dialogue on Wednesday.

Using the recent court victory of Please Call Me creator Nkosana Makate as an example. it was argued that the media let Vodacom former chief executive Alan Knott-Craig off the hook for claiming the idea was his.

And why do you think this happened they asked – because he’s white.

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