Sunday Times Investigations Unit and the collaborative investigation into what became knowns as #Guptaleaks. This is an outstanding piece of investigative journalism that shines a light on the intersection between state capture and the media and uncovers some surprising stories as part of both of these investigations. It is a must read for anyone interested in the present state (and indeed the future) of media institutions in this country.
So, For the Record by Anton Harber
Veteran journalist Anton Harber brings all his investigative skills to bear on his very own profession, the media. For two years he conducted dozens of interviews with politicians, journalists, policemen and ‘deep throats’, before piecing together two remarkable tales.
The first is a chilling story of police death squads, rogue units and renditions, and how South Africa’s leading newspaper was duped into doing the dirty work of corrupt politicians. The second starts with a broken and discarded hard drive and evolves, with many near misses, into the exposure of the depths of the Guptas’ influence over the ruling party.
Harber’s two tales reveal the lows and highs of journalism during an era of state capture. His book is both a disquieting exposé of how easily the media can be duped by a conniving cabal for its own selfish ends, and a celebration of brilliant investigative reporting by brave and ethical journalists.