Government, media 'joined at the hip'

2015-11-21 16:25
Cyril Ramaphosa (Picture: AFP)

Cyril Ramaphosa (Picture: AFP)

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Pretoria – The Media Appeals Tribunal, the pending Protection of State Information Bill and the relation between government and media were in the spotlight on Saturday in Pretoria.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa assured the SA National Editors’ Forum during engagements at the Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria that government was committed to a free and thriving media.

And as part of the commitment, government agreed to quarterly briefings by members of the National Executive to editors to deepen trust between the two.

This following an agreement by Sanef and government that constructive interaction between the two and a free and viable media sector were critical to building a South Africa where citizens were informed and empowered in helping the country realise the promise of 1994.

Ramaphosa said media should scrutinise the actions and policies of government with the ability and balance to commend success and highlight shortcomings.

“We are, all of us, custodians of the aspirations of the millions of South Africans who have struggled, suffered and sacrificed to be free. We are custodians of democracy, of development, of justice and equality," Ramaphosa said.

At the meeting, the Sanef expressed their concern over the planned parliamentary hearings on the desirability of a Media Appeals Tribunal and the pending Protection of State Information Bill.

It was agreed that maintaining healthy relations between government and the media and working together in advancing transparency and accountability in South African society was essential.

The meeting confirmed that media and government were "joined at the hip” with the common responsibility of building South Africa, the presidency said in a statement.

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