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The national discourse of the SA polity is greatly influenced by the media. If "the price of liberty is eternal vigilance" then the media in SA is responsible for providing the sensory organs with which citizens can exercise that vigilance. In order to properly interrogate those in power we need robust media institutions that are independent and self-regulated and accountable to the people who consume their produce on a daily basis.
Quid Pro Quo occupies the space where politics and the media intersect. It is a hallmark of democratic life that politicians and journalists are locked in a continuing struggle for hegemony and influence. But this relationship is also one of accommodation and consent, and this blog seeks to record the interaction between these two spheres through, inter alia, book reviews, letters, articles of social commentary and citizen reporting.