This is the age we live in, and it is crucial that fact-checkers be in place to help media consumers guard against falsehoods.
South Africans have a right to know why the lapses at Sunday Times occurred and why those that spoke up against them were silenced.
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.
As South Africa marks Media Freedom Day, it's clear that its battle isn't over. Attacks on journalists continue --through physical intimidation and there's also the threat of new laws.