What else needs to happen to avoid the meltdown you’re describing?

Modified on Mon, 15 Apr 2024 at 12:02 AM

Aside from direct financial support from the public and the business sector, we need to improve the environment in which journalism operates by enacting legislative support and incentives. Journalism is a public good that benefits all of society and should be supported and funded, in part, through subsidies, incentives and rebates. 

Legal and tax incentives to bolster journalism for example VAT exemptions on reader revenue contributions - be it a paywall or a membership model like we have. 

Advertising rebates to make it more appealing for businesses to advertise on news media sites. Tax-deductible donations… 

Considering the billions of Rand of misappropriated funds that have been recovered to the state through investigative journalism, a simple approach would be to give a small percentage of funds recovered to the whistleblowers and legitimate newsrooms that have done the work to ensure this outcome. 

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