Cope speaks out for journos

2010-03-18 13:16

Johannesburg - The Congress of the People's Youth Movement on Thursday expressed concern over recent attacks on journalists.

"We call on all media houses not to bow to this chauvinism of dictatorship, they must say no to muzzling and maintain their independence," chairperson Anele Mda said in a statement.

This followed President Jacob Zuma's bodyguards deleting pictures of his cavalcade and the ANC Youth League's threat to reveal personal details of journalists' lives.

"This kind of backwardness was buried with the death of [the] apartheid regime in this country and any attempt to resuscitate it must be resisted in all fronts."

However, she said "those journalists who compromise principles of journalism and befriend certain parties should be unmasked as they cost this industry its deserved independence".