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ANC again calls for media tribunal

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The ANC is calling on parliament to accelerate the implementation of the resolution for the establishment of a media appeals tribunal following the suspension of The Citizen editor Steve Motale, it said in a statement.

“It is starkly clear that the people of South Africa can no longer rely on the system of co-regulation of the media when even the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) recognises and remains toothless to deal with the challenge, in their own words, that editors must be afforded the independence to do their work without any interference or unnecessary, or undue pressure as in the case of Steve Motale,” ANC national spokesman Zizi Kodwa said.

He said Motale’s suspension symbolised the debate about the lack of transformation within print media in particular.

“This is a historical debate and one which will be unresolved for as long as there are, within society and the media itself, defenders of a system that is untransformed in terms of ownership, control and management.”

The ANC said it condemns interference in the functioning of newsrooms and the stifling of editorial independence “to drive predetermined agendas”.

“Honesty, accountability, fairness and editorial independence are meant to be hallmarks of our media. However, it is increasingly clear that certain sections of the media continue to adopt anti-transformation stances and remain unaccountable to the general public.”

Motale was suspended three weeks ago. He said he could not comment on the reasons for his suspension until a disciplinary hearing was conducted.

Earlier on Wednesday, a handful of people representing the editors’ forum, the Communication Workers’ Union, the Patriotic Alliance, Black First Land First, Cosatu and other unions protested at The Citizen’s Johannesburg offices in support of Motale.

News24

3 Comments

  1. Really? And who would run this media tribunal? The government? The same government whose regulators are even more toothless? ICASA is a lapdog. The regulator responsible for maritime activities appears to be in the pocket of that industry. I don’t know if we even have an education regulator, but it’s now clear the unions run that industry. Our energy regulator appears to hold no sway of Eskom or its cohort.

    Even for all its mistakes, the media’s self regulation is still far above the performance of government regulators. This tribunal is not about efficiency. It’s a bid at censorship, finish and klaar.

  2. Sheesh, the media is exposing more and more.. gotta hurry to muzzle it… true communist style.

  3. “it is increasingly clear that certain sections of the media continue to adopt anti-transformation stances and remain unaccountable to the general public.”
    What ANC national spokesman Zizi Kodwa really means is that the independent media, unlike ANN7 and the New Age, do not push ANC propaganda and government is irritated as it cannot control them.

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