South Africans have a right to know why the lapses at Sunday Times occurred and why those that spoke up against them were silenced.
Multichoice's dominant power over South Africa's public sphere suggests that dropping ANN7 may send a bad signal for media freedom and democratic debate.
The only reason journalists will mourn the demise of TV news station ANN7 will be the loss of jobs.
The Steinhoff corporate scandal will do South Africa a huge service if it makes the point that corruption and mismanagement have nothing to do with race.
Forty years after the apartheid regime clamped down on the free press, South Africa's media continues to face threats, albeit in more subtle forms than in the past.