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Discredited, Threatened, Attacked: Challenges of Covering South Africa’s Election in the Digital Age

01 July 2019

In the lead up to South Africa’s elections in May, the Electoral Commission of South Africa accredited CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Angela Quintal as an international observer, monitoring press freedom. Quintal found that unlike 1994–when she covered the violence of the country’s first democratic elections journalists in 2019 cited online harassment and threats as the biggest challenge to their work.

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