Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Mantashe: Editors should join tribunal debate

WOW - Zapiro sure does have a way with his pencil!

Instead of acting defensively, newspaper editors should join the ruling party's debate on setting up a media tribunal, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe says.

"Our invitation is that the media must engage in that debate constructively, throw around ideas and not defend its own turf.

"The fact that editors and columns in the newspapers are on the defensive is not going to stop us from having that discussion. It's up to them if they want to contribute to that debate, and actually to influence it," Mantashe said in a report in The Star.

"It is up to them, if they think they are on the defensive and must take a laager approach to that discussion, they are doing that at their own peril."

The African National Congress wants an independent statutory body accountable to Parliament to deal with complaints against newspapers, instead of only using the Press Ombudsman who currently deals with complaints.

4 Opinion(s):

disgusting filthy mind said...

"... has a way with his pencil".

LOL. Freudian slip?

Anonymous said...

Please take off that crap Montgomery sprouted. Firstly, as a German, I find it highly offensive, and secondly, I can´t see the articles because they are always covered by it, as well as that, "Free speach zone" circle nonsense. It´s spoiling what used to be a great site.

Anonymous said...

@Anon 6:15. I don't give a shit that you take offense. People take offense all the time. As regards the text or the graphic, you don't get to call the shots; and asking in the manner that you did gets you nothing. If that is all it takes to put you off this site then auf wiedersehen.

Anonymous said...

I think that if the ANC go after the newspapers, then bloggers who slag them off, like I love SA, will be next in line.
It´s not very difficult to find out who runs a blog, particularly for goverment officials, so if I were you guys, I´d be watching my back.
Just thought I´d mention it.