ANC asks media to be objective

2010-06-01 20:22
Johannesburg - The ANC on Tuesday appealed to the country's media to be objective when reporting on the party.

Scretary-general Gwede Mantashe told editors and reporters in Sandton: "The worse relationship for us is if you have journalists who are biased, in favour or against the ANC.

"We appeal to you...don't be biased in favour of us, equally don't be biased against us."

The ruling party was launching a programme to improve its relationship with and its accessibility to the media.

"...We want to engage more freely and openly," Mantashe said.

Better interaction, the ANC believed, would improve journalists' understanding of the organisation and in turn add to the quality of their reporting.

"Engage us, so when you write about us, you know where we are coming from."

Attacked opponents

Journalists and editors raised a number of challenges to reporting about the party, including getting hold of leaders and the party's unwillingness to disclose information when it was requested.

Mantashe explained the ANC's position when it came to "negative reporting", saying the ANC had a responsibility to "kill" this type of publicity.

It was the party's responsibility to defend itself to "avoid being bled to death" by negative publicity.

Media representatives also questioned the party on press statements issued by ANC Youth League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, who often personally attacked opponents, including journalists.

ANC deputy secretary-general Thandi Modise said the matter would be raised with the league.

Talks between the ruling party and the fourth estate would continue on a regular basis.

Journalists would have access to senior officials and there would be quarterly interactions with ANC president Jacob Zuma and his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe.

They would be permitted to ask any questions they wished.

On Tuesday however the party would not comment on reported moves to bring disciplinary charges against Zwelinzima Vavi, alliance partner Cosatu's general secretary.

Mantashe said the ANC did not want to talk about "speculation" or things "under discussion".

The party generally reported on decisions once made, not while discussions were still underway, he said. The talks reportedly took place during a national working committee meeting.

ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete said it was "not correct" for journalists to "harass" the ANC about things it was "not ready" to discuss.


- SAPA
Read more on:    anc  |  floyd shivambu  |  gwede mantashe  |  baleka mbete  |  johannesburg  |  media
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
Investment tips you need to know 2015-01-29 14:07

Ever wondered how to assess your future potential liability? Feroz Basa, Senior Portfolio Manager Old Mutual Investment Group, weighs in on all the investment tips you need to know. WATCH.

/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Games on Sale!

Save up to 60% on selected games. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Today is a good day to connect to your inner needs and try to get things back into a more balanced rhythm. There will be emotional...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.