New Age: We’re no ANC mouthpiece
Johannesburg - The New Age newspaper which debuted on Monday after months of delays denied that it is a mouthpiece of the governing ANC.
The newspaper’s owners are seen as close to President Jacob Zuma.
In a front-page note to readers on Monday, editor Henry Jeffreys said his paper will, "generally, support the government of the day" but would expose bad government.
The paper arrives amid debate in South Africa about what are seen as attempts by the ANC to muzzle the media.
This includes creating a tribunal controlled by parliament with as-yet undefined powers to punish journalists for infractions that also are unclear.
Jeffreys says he opposes the tribunal as well as the proposed protection of information bill that could see reporters jailed for publishing classified deemed “harmful to the national interest”.