City Press boycott: ANC ‘not abusing power’

2012-05-25 10:56

The ANC has denied it was abusing its power or intimidating anyone in its call to boycott City Press over a picture depicting President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed.

“We will do everything within the bounds of law to persuade the newspaper to accept the reality that we will not rest until this public display of arrogance is removed and a public apology made,” spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said today.

His statement was in response to the SA National Editors’ Forum saying the boycott was “tantamount to intimidation and abuse of power”.

“This kind of behaviour is unbecoming of a party that functions on an open, democratic stage, and especially one which leads the national government,” Sanef said.

Yesterday ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe called for the boycott as the party was making a court application to have a painting, The Spear by Brett Murray, removed from public display.

It was defaced at the Goodman Gallery on Tuesday but images remain on the City Press website.

The publication has refused to remove it.

Yesterday’s court application pitted Zuma’s right to dignity against the right to freedom of expression.

The case was postponed.

Mthembu said until the ANC’s demand was met, the party would call on all South Africans, including business, labour, churches, youth formations, and women’s organisations to cancel their subscriptions to the newspaper, as it already had.

Click here for City Press subscription information. 

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