South Africa Media Profile

Last updated on November 21st, 2021 at 09:03 am

South Africa Government and Media

South Africa Media and Government Profile - Press FreedomGovernment

Government Type: Parliamentary Republic
Leader: President Cyril Ramaphosa
Political Party: African National Congress (ANC)
Political Position: Center-left /African Nationalism


World Press Freedom Rank: South Africa 32/180

According to Reporters without Borders, “Press freedom is guaranteed but fragile” in South Africa. 

Government Influence on Media: The Government does not directly subsidize the media, however in 2003, the Government established The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) in order to assist major print and broadcasting companies by providing grants. Additionally, all the prominent daily newspapers are owned by the four largest media firms, leading to pro-corporate bias.


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