As Told To: Tough times for independent media in South Africa

Sipho Kings (33), is a news editor at the Mail & Guardian (M&G), and  has worked at M&G for nearly a decade. 

Kings began his journalism career  as an intern, then spent a large part of his time as an investigative environment reporter. After spending a year doing a Nieman Fellowship, he became a news editor  for M&G. 

Following the announcement that Associated Media Publishing would cease operations from  May 1, the repercussions of the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown are beginning to be evident and real for independent media in the country. 

Kings speaks about how the outbreak has affected independent media,  M&G’s efforts to counterbalance the adversity that they face and reminds us of the importance of good quality media.  (more…)