For decades, the African National Congress (ANC) has championed freedom of the press, having played a major role in shaping the country’s Constitution, which protects press freedom, media diversity and freedom of expression, among other rights.
Due to our commitment to constitutional democracy, South Africa ranks among countries where journalists enjoy high freedom of the media. Addressing the South African National Editors’ Forum Nat Nakasa Award dinner on 27 June 2009, ANC President Jacob Zuma reiterated the ANC’s position on press freedom. He said: “We seek reporting that is credible and honest and informative. We seek comment and analysis that challenges us and provides fresh insight into our world and the challenges we face.”
The ANC calls on media houses to do introspection on adherence to known media ethics that contribute to the developmental trajectory of our country. The ANC has never sought to muzzle the press, will never and does not intend to do so. All that it expects from the media, is factual, accurate and unbiased reporting, which does not border on sensationalism or defamation of character. Media must enjoy the freedom protected by our Constitution Act responsibly and be accountable. In addressing this unacceptable abuse of power by the fourth estate, the ANC will ensure that Parliament conducts an inquiry into the effectiveness of self and co-regulation and explore the desirability of establishing statutory independent regulation within the framework of the Constitution. The ANC will be seeking an urgent meeting with the SA National Editors Forum to discuss this matter.
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Source : African National Congress