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SA media needs 'more investment'

Feb 19 2013 09:20

Cape Town - The head of the consortium which bought the Independent News and Media group in South Africa would like to see more investment in media, the Cape Times reported on Tuesday.

"I think we must invest in journalism and we must invest in the media and we must invest in having more news," Sekunjalo consortium head Iqbal Surve said.

"There is scope for vernacular (newspapers) and there is scope for repositioning papers."

The Irish publishing group agreed to sell off its local subsidiary to Sekunjalo Independent Media Consortium for R2bn.

Surve said he would like to see educational supplements published on key subjects in African languages, which would encourage young people to get a newspaper because it met a need.

He also wanted to see more viewpoints and positive stories being published.

"Page 1, 2, 3, 4 - it's all negative... For my legacy, it's really important that the media is used for social good, to give expression to everyone," he was quoted as saying.

"To me it's very important to have editorial independence and to give expression to other ideas and other voices."

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