ANCYL won't back down on journos

2010-03-17 14:10
Johannesburg - ANC Youth League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu will not apologise for threatening to reveal personal details of reporters' activities, and has vowed to continue doing so following a complaint lodged against him on Wednesday.

"We will never apologise for telling the truth," said Shivambu, who had not yet seen the complaint of intimidation filed by a group of reporters, but listened carefully while it was read to him over the phone.

"As responsible citizens, we have got a responsibility to express our views. Freedom of expression applies to all people. Freedom of Expression does not mean that it is only the media that must write nonsensical allegations about political leaders.

"We have got a right as well to express whatever views we deem relevant and truthful."

Earlier, the reporters demanded Shivambu apologise publicly and explain how he got personal information he claims to have on journalists, and whether state resources were used.

These developments come after statements at a press conference about leader Julius Malema's personal assets, which included that journalists accepted brown envelopes, and had sex with politicians to get stories.

The journalists, in their complaint, alleged a dossier containing information about City Press reporter Dumisane Lubisi was offered to them with the threat of "you next" when they questioned its veracity and refused to publish it.

"We not going to back off from a gang who work with newspapers," said Shivambu, adding that ultimately the "Lubisi dossier" would be handed to the police.

"We are ready to clarify each and every issue and we are ready to expose journalists who sleep with politicians to get stories. We can give dates and times of journalists who have offered sex."

He denied they were in possession of salary slips, but said they could give "practical illustrations" of journalists offering sex for stories.

"We have complete knowledge - one of the people who have signed - one of the people there got a politician drunk - it was meant for story purposes. More than one of the reporters have slept with politicians."

He said attempts to raise these concerns with media watchdog bodies such as the Press Ombudsmen had not yielded any results.

Ombud Joe Thloloe confirmed he was considering a number of complaints against various newspapers lodged by the league, but that the processes have not been finalised yet.

Thloloe said the first complaint was submitted on January 20, and after the process of talking to the newspaper and to the league, the deputy ombudsman was in the process of writing the decision.

A second complaint was submitted on March 5 and they are awaiting the response from the newspaper.

"The system is fair to all the parties and we give them a chance to respond to all the allegations," he said.

The journalists who lodged the complaint were: Business Day's Karima Brown and Wilson Johwa; Independent Newspapers' Moshoeshoe Monare, Gaye Davis, Xolani Mbanjwa and Carien du Plessis; Mail & Guardian's Rapule Tabane and Mandy Rossouw; The Times/Sunday Times' Moipone Malefane, Sthembiso Msomi and Nkululeko Ncana; 702's Stephen Grootes; City Press' Moffet Mofokeng, Piet Rampedi, Lubisi, Japhet Ncube and George Matlala; Media24's Chandre Prince; and eNews' Hajra Omarjee.

The complaint was sent to ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe, to President Jacob Zuma's communications advisor Zizi Kodwa and to Vuyiswa Tulelo, the league's secretary general.

- SAPA
Read more on:    ancyl  |  floyd shivambu
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

10 facts about swimming you didn't know

This will make you want to jump right into the pool.

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Snors with a cause - creating awareness of male health
Inspiring: Rock climbing with just one leg
Watch! Skateboarders racing cyclists
Exciting new zipline for Cape Town!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to R2100 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

TV Series – 2 for R299

Loads of hot titles to choose from. Shop now!

Hot offer: Up to 50% off irons

Save up to 50% on all Philips irons. While stocks last. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may be doing the work and playing the game, but your innovative mind is on a far away planet planning the next big thing....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.