Media not objective on info bill: ANC

2011-09-28 14:03
Johannesburg - The media has not "covered itself in glory" in its reporting on the proposed protection of information bill, ANC MP Luwellyn Landers said on Wednesday.

Speaking at an SA Human Rights Commission debate in Johannesburg, Landers said the media had lost all objectivity on the matter.

"You haven't really covered yourself in glory... some of them [the media] have gone as far as telling outright lies.

"The minute you become the player then where do you go? You need to draw a line. You go without losing objective. The media has no objectivity and I say that with respect."

He said at present, whistleblowers could bypass all internal processes and go straight to the media to expose what they might consider corruption.

"You can't have a situation where the whistleblower leaves his department and comes straight to you.

"Who decides if it is corruption [or a threat to state security]? It's left in the hands of the whistleblower."

This could be a threat to the country's security, Landers said.

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