Earlier this year, I met one of South Africa’s leading “alternative” editors in a boardroom. It was a most interesting encounter. As I leafed through his publications, interacted with him, and thought on our conversation afterwards, my abiding impression was that he did not have the nerve to be a true “alternative” editor. Funded by a media mogul, and familiar with what was happening in our society, he was giving the appearance of being “alterative”, and playing it completely safe. OBSERVATION: This is a hazard of relying on the media to champion the freedom of information. They do and they don’t.