A free and independent media is a vital institution in any democracy, and more so as South Africa enters its
second decade of democracy. In 2005, the Open Society Foundation for South Africa embarked on a project to analyse and assess the degree to which media statutory bodies in South Africa were fulfilling their mandates, to assess their contribution to media diversity and enhancing access to media and ICTs.
It is hoped that Meeting their Mandates? will add to current debates on the independence of media in South Africa as well as issues of access to media for a diverse range of voices and toward the promotion of good media practice in general.
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