Parliament threatens to ban reporter

2011-10-04 10:01
Johannesburg - Parliament wants to ban a reporter who spoke to an official off the record about the government's controversial secrecy bill, The Times reported on Tuesday.

The secretary to Parliament, Zingile Dingani, has written to Independent Group editors asking why he should not withdraw Deon de Lange's accreditation.

De Lange is the Independent Group’s parliamentary correspondent.

De Lange had quoted criticism by an unnamed senior parliamentary official of the ANC's decision to continue consideration of the protection of state information bill. The decision had been taken during an ANC closed committee, the paper reported.

De Lange’s source had said: "It's like the blind leading the blind and [the ANC] are confusing everybody."

ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga reportedly threatened to crack down on De Lange's source and ordered an investigation.

He described the source as a "bad apple" who had shown "deplorable conduct".

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