The closure of any media outlet is normally mourned by all journalists because of the loss of jobs, diversity and competition. But the announcement that South African pay-TV operator MultiChoice will not renew the contract of news channel ANN7 will be no great loss to the news media, or the public debate. It will, though, be a setback to the corrupt three-way state-capture conspiracy which brought together ANN7, MultiChoice and elements of the government, as exposed by the now notorious Gupta-leaks e-mails. The e-mails were leaked some months ago from inside the Gupta clan. The family has been at the centre of state-capture accusations in SA because of its extraordinary influence over President Jacob Zuma, his family and members of his Cabinet. The allegations of corruption have extended to MultiChoice. It stands accused of making multi-million rand payments to both ANN7 and the SABC to get their support for MultiChoice’s attempt to influence government policy on digitalisation. On ...

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