Attacks on the Press in 2007 - Snapshots: South Africa
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||February 2008|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Attacks on the Press in 2007 - Snapshots: South Africa, February 2008, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/47c5678dc.html [accessed 19 August 2017]|
In March, veteran radio presenter John Perlman resigned from the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in the midst of a high-profile dispute over the public broadcaster's editorial integrity. Perlman did not comment on his departure, but the move was linked to his on-air assertion that outspoken commentators were being muzzled, according to media reports. An internal SABC investigation later confirmed that critical commentators were being hushed.
Exiled Zimbabwean editor Abel Mutsakani survived a wound from a bullet that lodged near his heart during a July attack by unidentified gunmen near his home in Johannesburg. It was not clear whether the attack was work-related. Mutsakani was editor of the South Africa-based Zimbabwean news Web site ZimOnline.