Can South Africa's investigative journalism be on par with the movie Spotlight?

Marianne Thamm, Associate Editor of The Daily Maverick says she enjoyed watching the Movie Spotlight, which shows an investigation of the abuse of children (mostly boys) by Catholic priests of the Boston Archdiocese which took place in 2001.

In the movie the Catholic church covered up the abuse of children for 34 years and it was only through the persistent investigation of the Boston Globe Newspaper that the the truth was discovered.

John Maytham spoke to Marianne Thamm about the state of investigative journalism in South Africa.

I thought it was a well rendered film considering the subject matter

Marianne Thamm, Associate Editor of The Daily Maverick

It is not a great Hollywood movie with special effects, it’s just very focused and it takes you along with the investigations

Marianne Thamm of the Daily Maverick

I don’t think journalists have stopped investigating; there are other ways of doing it now

Marianne Thamm of the Daily Maverick

But I do think it’s lesser now because it’s costly and takes up so much time

Marianne Thamm of the Daily Maverick

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