Today, Daily Maverick is proud to announce the official formation of our investigative unit, Scorpio.
Whilst we’ve pursued many investigative stories in the past, from Marikana to the manufactured narrative of the SARS Rogue Unit, we are only now able to commit the necessary funds and people to a dedicated unit.
We’d planned to have timed this announcement with a little more fanfare. A striking logo splashed across a dedicated section on our stylish new site, with stern-looking journalists posing at their cluttered desks. But as will be explained sometime soon, the realities are that even the best-laid plans are still subject to reality’s ever-changing demands.
In the last decade, global news
And that is just the baseline doomsday scenario for our news media. Problems are compounded by the political landscape in South Africa where our government uses its majority influence to wield the big stick at dissenting voices. Corporates with government issued
And then we have direct advertising influence. Last year, the Gupta’s media assets of ANN7 and The New Age attracted more than R275m, without subscribing to industry’s measurement standards. A pittance compared to the billions siphoned off elsewhere, but nonetheless a public-funded propaganda machine for the Gupta family working alongside some elements within the SABC, while excellent media outlets like amaBhungane, GroundUp and Health-e-News are forced to chase donor funding in order to support their great work.
It’s all too often that we would hear how much people would love to support Daily Maverick
Real investigations are tough and time-consuming efforts, with Thank You cards usually delivered in the form of legal letters and SMS-ed death threats. Leaks are one thing, but to do the work of connecting the dots,
After years of trying and exhausting the few international opportunities for long-term
New faces have been recruited and some of your
Scorpio is a new chapter in a Daily Maverick book already teeming with exciting stories,
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