ANC challenges media to target rural areas

2012-05-03 19:12

Johannesburg - The Eastern Cape ANC has challenged the media to increase its distribution of newspapers into rural areas to honour World Press Freedom Day on Thursday.

"In honouring World Press Freedom Day, we would like to challenge news media institutions in the province and those that have a national footprint to increase their distribution," African National Congress Eastern Cape spokesperson Mlibo Qoboshiyane said in a statement on Thursday.

He also called on the Press Ombudsman to consider opening offices in all nine provinces to increase access to its services.

"As we join scores of journalists to honour this day, we are reminded of the reasons why the ANC included media freedom as part of its focus areas in its liberation struggle."

Qoboshiyane said there was a need to protect media freedom from the influence of the government, opposition political parties and commercial interests.

On this day, journalists should consider sharing their editorial policies so that there was a "clear understanding" of their operations, he said.

"We may differ with journalists here and there, but we are of the view that our collective commitment to freedom and liberation binds us together.

"On this day, we remember journalists who put their lives and those of their families at risk by reporting the injustices scores of our people were subjected to by the erstwhile apartheid government," said Qoboshiyane.

He said the party also appreciated the fact that news organisations were providing employment opportunities to young people.

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