On Air Feature

Is there a rise in Fake News?

Date: May 30, 2017

Today's Forum@8 looks at Fake news, asking whether there is a rise. Fake News stories are deliberate misinformation or hoaxes spread via the traditional media, but more often on the digital media platforms.

Fake news websites and platforms are on the rise. The access to the internet has made it virtually easy for false news to be disseminated. 

According to analysts people are now left with the task of deciding what is real and what is fake and to choose which news source to believe. 

Some argue that the increase is a positive sign of freedom of speech while others say they tarnish the credibility of journalists.

Sakina Kamwendo speaks to Mahlatse Gallens who is the Chairperson  of the South African National Editor’s Forum  and Kenny Kunene who has recently launched an online publication, Weekly Exposé   


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