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Leaked information is the life blood of investigative journalists. But there are a few golden rules they should follow when reporting on it. Shutterstock

Ethical journalism: what to do - and not to do - with leaked emails

When given leaked information journalists should check the information, consider alternative explanations, consider the political context and allow the people implicated a proper chance to respond.
A woman votes in Zambia. Beyond multi-party systems and regular elections, many countries resemble very little of true democracies. GovernmentZA/Flickr

Democracy is looking sickly across southern Africa

Democracy is in a parlous state in many countries in southern Africa. Autocrats hold onto power, while electorates have little to choose from at the polls.
Brian Molefe’s return as CEO at South Africa’s power utility, Eskom, has caused controversy. Alon Skuy/The Times

Eskom CEO saga highlights massive systems failure in South Africa

The drama caused by the return of Brain Molefe into South Africa's power utility, Eskom, signals a failure of accountability and corporate governance within the public sector.
Demonstrators protest outside South Africa’s Parliament in Cape Town against President Jacob Zuma’s firing of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Zuma’s critics within the ANC are vocal. But will they act?

Are those ANC members critical of Zuma willing to stand up and be counted? Will Pravin Gordhan, popular hero of the hour, provide one further great service to the nation?

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