Zuma 'loser' complaint dismissed

2011-01-18 11:06
Johannesburg - A complaint against Justice Factor host Justice Malala calling President Jacob Zuma a "loser" has been dismissed by the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA.

"The naming of Mr Zuma as ‘loser’ is the prerogative of editorial opinion and there is no reason why the likely informed viewers of this programme could not disagree with the conclusion reached," the commission said in a statement on Tuesday.

Viewer C Ngcukana submitted Malala was driven by his own agenda in the e.tv discussion and analysis programme when Zuma was nominated "loser of the week" for lobbying that sanctions against Zimbabwe be lifted.

He also complained about the accuracy of Malala's comment that there was "no crisis" in Zimbabwe, a statement made by former president Thabo Mbeki.

The broadcaster responded that both remarks were based on fact.

The commission found the right to freedom of expression permits journalists in democratic party politics to rate politicians, even though not everyone will agree with the results.

It felt that comments amounted to an honest expression of opinion and were presented in such a manner, made on facts fairly indicated.
 

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