Five South African photographers - Pieter Hugo, Shayne Robinson, Sydney Seshibedi, Joao Silva and Halden Krog - have walked away with top honours at this year's World Press Photo awards, the most prestigious annual international competition in press photography.
As the controversy over the Muslim cartoons continue to stoke violence and debate across the world, the South African government has come out strongly in support of freedom of speech, while acknowledging the hurt caused to Muslims and warning against hate speech.
Community radio, by its nature, struggles for advertising and other forms of financing. Yet it remains a crucial part of South Africa's broadcasting landscape, providing diversity for listeners and skills for the commercial radio sector.
There are an estimated 15.4-million radio sets in South Africa, with listeners many times that number, broadcasting in a multitude of languages and with a range of programming from urban music to community news in the rural areas.
Citizen reporting has taken off in South Africa with the launch of reporter.co.za, the first website in the country to allow ordinary people to write the news as they see it - news for the people, by the people.
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has granted the SABC, the country's public broadcaster, licences for two regional television stations to be broadcast in indigenous languages.
Commercial print and broadcast media in South Africa will pay R10-million over the next five years - backed up by another R7-million from the government - towards developing the country's community newspapers and radio stations.
The Media Development and Diversity Agency has approved more funding for community and small commercial media projects as part of its drive to promote plurality of voices in SA's media.
The turbulent passage from apartheid to democracy made South Africans remarkably news hungry. Now they're fed by a robust, free and flourishing press, that includes almost 50 major newspapers. Read all about it!