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Govt is in favour of free media - Manyi

2011-07-25 22:10

Pretoria - The government is in favour of a media free from "proxies", opposition political parties and commercial interests, government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said on Monday.

Manyi, who heads the government communication service (GCIS) said: "This government is pro a free media. It is a constitutional requirement. But the media must understand its freedom. It needs to be free from other interests."

The media could not be "a proxy for other stakeholders" and had it wanted to, the government had a big enough majority in Parliament to pass the proposed protection of information bill unhindered by opposition parties, said Manyi.

He had been encouraged by the "robustness of discussions" on the proposed legislation.

Asked if he thought there was any media free from influence, he said: "It is for you to make that call. We don't want to do that."

He said the government would like to see a more diversified media.

Comments
  • marcelminnaar - 2011-07-26 01:40

    Ag what what!!!, A "controlled" media is not freedom of speech. Just say it: you don't like the media snooping around if you've just been caught in corruption....

      Protest - 2011-07-26 08:18

      What "controlled" media are you talking about? This article is about the media getting intimidated by the government. "had it wanted to, the government had a big enough majority in Parliament to pass the proposed protection of information bill unhindered" is blatant open raw intimidation. The media should take the government to court because intimidation is ILLEGAL!

      G8 - 2011-07-26 08:22

      Dear Government, When your actions reflect your fanciful words of freedom, maybe we might begin to believe you. For now, you are hypocritical flatulence blow holes!!

  • ZumaGabe - 2011-07-26 06:26

    Manyi baby, stop sprouting sh1t !!! If you want a media "free from influence", take the first flight to Mars. I, "Joe Public", for one is one of the BIGGEST "influences" on the media and I expect them to nail you lazy, incompetent and corrupt lot in government ! AND that is just for starters......

  • Worldwise - 2011-07-26 07:00

    As usual, Jimmy Manyi wants a free press, - on his terms and within his definition of freedom. OK then, it can work both ways. I want taxation on my terms and within my own definition.

  • asiseeit - 2011-07-26 07:01

    What a communist!

      York Hunt - 2011-07-26 08:06

      You can say that again. The ANC is Marxist!

      cerveza - 2011-07-26 08:25

      @York - Please show me where in the ANC's constitution are they Marxist. The ANC turned so anti communist in 1990, that Madiba even lied about ever being a member of the SACP when the negotiations with the NP started. Something that would not have mattered at that time, but it was all part of the ANC's tactic to take all credit for the struggle. Why do you think they were so calm when Chris Hani was murdered? Here is a quote from Madiba himself "There will always be those who say that the Communists were using us. But who is to say that we were not using them?"

  • 1gascan - 2011-07-26 07:14

    "The media could not be "a proxy for other stakeholders" and had it wanted to, the government had a big enough majority in Parliament to pass the proposed protection of information bill unhindered by opposition parties, said Manyi." SO Manyi, what you are saying here, is that the ANC does not give a rats a$$ about the citizens of SA, nor democracy, and had there not been such a HUGE outcry on the bill from the public and opposition parties VIA the MEDIA, the ANC would have just voted in and ratified the bill? I love the logic that you guys use (not). You throw words like this around to "wield" your almighty governmental power, but I tell you this - some of the citizens of SA are not stupid and don't take your ignorant rants as gospel...

  • nonduplume - 2011-07-26 07:21

    Does this moron even understand the cr@p that comes out of his mouth!

  • Babba x - 2011-07-26 07:34

    If we (taxpayers)wanted to we could take government to court for passing an unconstitutional bill. Your attempts to pass the secrecy bill will be fruitless. Jimmy, we are not threatened by you. You are a cronie trying to protect your corrupt comrades. Shame, your buddy Julie-ass has a problem and you are now trying to help him

  • Julian - 2011-07-26 07:35

    This government is trying to set up a Media Appeals Tribunal (likely unconstitutional), withhold advertising from media that "doesn't support government's message" and force through an almost certainly unconstitutional Bill to hide Information and Manyi expects us to believe that government is in favour of a free press? Excuse me while I die laughing.

  • Mark - 2011-07-26 08:05

    Funny! in favour of free media... best joke all day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • cerveza - 2011-07-26 08:06

    "This beer is pro a free government. It is a constitutional requirement. But the government must understand its freedom. It needs to be free from other interests." "The ANC could not be "a proxy for other stakeholders" and had they wanted to, the people had a big enough majority to vote them out unhindered" "Asked if he thought there was any government free from influence, he said: "No, but the amount of influence can be limited with transparency and severe punishment for corrupt politicians" He said he would like to see a more diversified government.

  • Mike - 2011-07-26 08:06

    The 'other stakeholders' are the public, who is exactly who the media should be catering to. '..pro free media' Well then look the word up because I am not sure you understadn it yourself.

  • York Hunt - 2011-07-26 08:07

    Hey, these ANC dudes can LIE!!!

  • GerryC - 2011-07-26 08:10

    A free media provided they only ask the questions that we the ANC government wants to answer, tell it like it is you blithering idiot.

  • Eish! - 2011-07-26 08:11

    A free media - media "free of opposition political parties". I'd be worried if such a statement came from an intelligent person. But from a dummy racist like manyi, it's just funny.

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