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Is the media impartial?

31 May 2014, 12:35
I write this article with anger rooted in my heart. The media has gone too far all in the name of "freedom of speech". I am disgusted by the recent EWN cartoon and their lame apology. 
I am however glad that it sparked controversy because it raises the question as to whether the media in general is impartial and does not favour certain political parties over others in their published stories. With the recent EWN cartoon it shows that clearly there is no impartiality in media houses. Upon the sight of that diabolic cartoon, the EWN editor should have gave a warning to the cartoonists. Clearly by publishing it, that is an indication that the editor supports the cartoonist views in that ANC voters are "poepholes". This is an insult of the highest degree.
Media houses are the ones who are advocating freedom of speech yet they do not respect our right of freedom to vote for a party of our choice. It is a sad day in South Africa. Clearly lines are being drawn here. EWN has essentially come out and shown that they are for the DA and not the "clowns". City Press did this too. The less said about The Mail and Guardian the better. What we have now in the media is bias reporting and propagandist techniques being used. The media takes sides and uses their diction to put certain parties in a good light and others in a bad one.
The media is the biggest threat to this democracy. In Zimbabwe they have Zanu PF tv that clearly tries to indoctrinate the people of Zimbabwe into believing that Zanu PF is the best thing since the discovery of diamonds. In SA the same tactics are used albeit subtly by EWN, City Press and The Mail and Guardian. Mandela warned us against media and now his prophecies are coming true. 
Does the right to Freedom of speech have no limitations? Should it insult our leaders, fathers and mothers continuously with no regard to the fact that they are also human being who have also have rights? The media are watchdogs to politicians but a Dutchman once asked "Who watches the watchmen?". 
Dear people of South Africa, I urge you to look within your communities to judge our government because clearly what is in the media is a false depiction of what certain people want us to see. My small township in the south coast of Durban never had a library, clinic and tarred quality roads post 1994. Today they are functional and gave me health and education. The media will never show you this progress but choose to show you only the same issue of Nkandla.
Lastly, to the editors of media houses. I beg you to leave your opinions and dislike of certain political parties when going to work. Try to be impartial and consider what effect your stories will have should you choose to publish them. I know its the numbers game in media but should this be at the cost of democracy?
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