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Malusi Gigaba attack on the media is not spot on

12 May 2014, 19:52
Media as an important tool in the fostering of any democracy is entrusted with the watchdog role that must be respected and cherished at all times in our quest to build an equal and just society.

It becomes problematic when this role is compromised and undermined to suit the interest of those in power.

No country can build an equal and just society without the positive role that the media can play. Once the abuse of the right of the media takes centre stage, democracy is threatened.  

It has become a norm for the ruling party to attack the media whenever things are not going their way. I learned with disgust the recent attack on the media by the ANC NEC member,Malusi Gigaba.

He was quoted saying that the media campaigned against the ANC in the elections. I vehemently believe that the media did a splendid job during last week's elections and we must give credit when it is due.

The role of the media was self evident from the fact that many people made informed decisions on who to vote for because all media coverage went to all registered political parties. It is very disturbing when the media is constantly undermined for selfish reasons by the ruling class.  

Mr Gigaba and his colleagues should refrain from using the media as a scapegoat for their party's failures. The media should be encouraged to work independently in our quest to foster democracy and a better life for all.

It is not surprising that the protection of information bill is becoming a ghost that cannot be laid to rest.

This is a clarion call to urge all the citizens to respect and reconsider the role played by the media in our young democracy.
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