Media transformation policy on the horizon

2014-02-02 19:06
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Johannesburg - Media transformation and diversity would become one of President Jacob Zuma’s priorities after the elections, City Press reported on Sunday.

Obed Bapela, the deputy minister in the presidency for performance monitoring and evaluation, said a green paper on media transformation and diversity was on the cards.

It would inform government policy on media transformation and would look into issues such as media ownership, newspaper distribution and language diversity.

It would encompass the entire media landscape, including social media.

Media expert Professor Anton Harber said he was concerned that the government was intervening rather than allowing the industry process that was started last year, to unfold.

“I am also concerned that this should happen in apparent secrecy, with the knowledge, it seems, only of the agency.

Impetus to continue the transformation of the media is a good thing, but there is a fine line between this and government interference in the media – which would be very harmful.

“Unfortunately, there are some members of government whose aim is to make the media less critical, and interference can easily be abused for this purpose,” he said.

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