Complaint over info bill story dismissed

2011-11-21 22:24
Johannesburg - The press ombudsman has dismissed a complaint made by ANC Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga about a story published in the Cape Times newspaper about the protection of information bill.

Motshekga complained about a story in the newspaper, published on September 29, headlined "Confusion reigns - Officials say ANC bill move is 'bizarre", Deputy Press Ombudsman Johan Retief said on Monday.

In a written complaint he said the newspaper did not seek the views of the ANC and the reference to "confusion" in both the story and the headline was inaccurate and untruthful, said Retief.

The Cape Times reported that confusion reigned supreme in Parliament after the ANC surprised "everyone" by announcing a unilateral public consultation process on the controversial bill.

This decision, following months of consultations by the multiparty ad hoc committee that processed the bill, had raised questions about procedure.

The report quoted sources who reportedly described the move as "unprecedented" and "bizarre".

The story says that the ANC planned to hold public meetings across the country to hear people's views on the bill, but that it has not as yet provided details of when and where these will take place and whether they will be open to all.

In reply to Motshekga's accusations, the newspaper said its reporter did ask for the ANC's view for a story published the day before and had asked Motshekga how the consultation process would work in practice, said Retief.

The reporter said Motshekga told him that he was not willing to engage the media on the matter as this would "pre-empt the process".

This was reported in his first story.

Retief said that even though the story did not spell out exactly what the confusion was about, the reporter did not state it as fact that there was "confusion".

He had quoted a source who reportedly said the ANC was "confusing everybody".

"The source had a right to that opinion and the newspaper had a right to report that opinion," said Retief.

There was also nothing wrong with using "confusion" in the headline because it was reflected in the story.

- SAPA
Read more on:    anc  |  mathole motshekga  |  johan retief  |  info bill  |  media
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Five wrapping hacks you have to know before Christmas

Five gift wrapping hacks that will save Christmas for you!

 
 

I love summer.24

Sexiest Instagrams of 2014
Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!
Summer Survey!
Great ideas for the best summer sandwiches!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off the bestselling books

Save big on the most captivating reads of 2014. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It is hard to keep some sort of balance when the natural rhythm has flown out the window. The best thing to do is try not to keep...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.