Sanef must develop policy - ANC

2013-11-21 19:54
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Johannesburg - The SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) must develop clear policy regulating the relationship between journalists and political parties, the ANC in the Eastern Cape said on Thursday.

"During its meeting in Durban this weekend, Sanef must allow time for the development of this policy, which will make it compulsory for all journalists to respect their jobs by not venturing into political hitch-hiking in search for political power," ANC Eastern Cape elections head Mlibo Qoboshiyane said in a statement.

"Though we affirm the right to freedom of association for every South African to belong to any party, journalists in this country must set themselves apart from political associations that tamper with objective reporting and analysis."

Earlier this month, the ANC in the province reportedly said it had information that the DA had approached "a certain senior Sunday Times journalist" to be on its list of potential Members of Parliament.

According to the ANC, the journalist sent his CV, which was later withdrawn, to the DA, Business Day reported.

Sunday Times senior editor and former Daily Dispatch editor Brendan Boyle was reportedly been suspended over the row.

The Business Day report mentioned other senior editors and journalists who had shown interest in becoming DA MPs.

Sunday Times editor Phylicia Oppelt could not be reached for comment.

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