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Patrick Bond Speaks Out About eTV's "Stasi-style Propaganda" and the De Hoop Dam

Politics of Climate JusticeClimate Change, Carbon Trading and Civil SocietyPatrick Bond wrote an article on Pambazuka News about the internal conflict that has damaged the reputation of eTV.

Bond is the author of Politics of Climate Justice: Paralysis Above, Movement Below and the editor of Climate Change, Carbon Trading and Civil Society.

In the article Bond writes about a deal made between Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel, eTV CEO Marcel Golding and eNews executive Bronwyn Keene-Young to lead the evening news with the story of the opening of President Jacob Zuma’s pet project, the $270 million De Hoop Dam. Golding has since resigned from his post.

Bond writes: “Patel’s ‘ham-fisted attempt at Stasi-style propaganda’ – as the Sunday Business Times described the abuse of power at eNews – makes transparent ‘just how wafer-thin the line really is between powerful people seeking propaganda and the information dished out to the public’.”

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Last week SA’s leading alternative to state broadcasting saw its integrity self-destruct. Personality battles are getting most attention but problems caused by structural conflicts of interests must be raised, investigated and resolved, as a leading example of malevolent state-corporate cronyism.

The biggest credibility crisis ever to hit South Africa’s independent media unfolded last week. Fewer than a half-dozen power-crazed corporate managers have destroyed the waning integrity – and in the process, the ownership structure – of the country’s most popular tv news station, eTV, which had aspired to become Africa’s answer to Al-Jazeera. These men are once-radical trade unionists – now gone to pot.

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