Media a threat to democracy - Nzimande

2010-09-28 10:47

Johannesburg - Print media in South Africa was a threat to democracy, SA Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande said in a report published on Tuesday.

"We have a huge liberal offensive against our democracy... The print media is the biggest perpetrator of this liberal thinking," Nzimande said at the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) congress in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg.

He said the proposed Media Appeals Tribunal was necessary to protect the future of socialism in South Africa, Business Day reported.

"They [the media] have gone to their friends around the world, including those in America to get people to go against the tribunal.

"How can we trust the American journalists who invaded Iraq and then were told what to write by the army generals there? We need a revolutionary, not liberal, defence of our Constitution," said Nzimande.

He was speaking days after the ANC's national general council decided that it would instruct Parliament to investigate self-regulation, transformation and ownership in the print media.