Many South African journalists think they are the torchbearers for investigative journalism and plucky reporting in Africa, but there is a lot of courageous, excellent investigative work going on in other African countries too. And whereas South African investigative teams tend to focus on busting political corruption, much of the in-depth investigative work going on in countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Uganda is about social issues and related problems. Read the full story by Gill Moodie in the Mail & Guardian.
A fish, they say, starts to rot from the head. It’s the same in the world of newshounds. When there are bad smells at the top echelons of a media house, you can expect the contamination to spread to the whole entity. Just as nobody wants to get poisoned by festering fish, no one wants to be a victim of corrupted journalism.