Press Tribunal a Blow to Media Freedom – Louw

Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 11:36
The Press Council of South Africa takes issue with a call by the African National Congress and the South African Communist Party for a statutory media appeals tribunal
The Press Council of South Africa takes issue with a call by the African National Congress (ANC) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) for a statutory media appeals tribunal.

In a press statement, the Council’s chairperson, Raymond Louw, points out that imposing of such a tribunal on the press has nothing to do with promoting press freedom but everything to do with the way the press reports on the conduct of governance, including the conduct of Cabinet ministers and other senior officials of the ANC.

Louw argues that the ANC and the SACP do not want the public to be told of their poor governance, corruption by ‘tenderpreneurs’ and lavish life-styles, but want the press to report the ANC’s version of what is happening.

To read the article titled, “Press Council warns against media tribunal,” click here.
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