Zuma supports independent media

2011-08-05 17:00
Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has stressed the importance of having an independent media free to express its views.

"We reiterate our commitment to media freedom as government and promote media freedom rights for both the public as consumers of media products, and the industry as producers," Zuma told media owners in Pretoria on Friday, at what he called "the first high-level summit" between the two parties.

"All of us have a responsibility to strive to develop a free and independent media."

MPs were currently finalising the protection of information bill and the African National Congress was discussing setting up a media appeals tribunal. The interventions by the government had been seen by many quarters as attempts to gag the media.

The tribunal would empower the government to regulate the print and electronic media, while the bill would give the government the power to classify information in the "national interest".

Without mentioning these issues, Zuma further highlighted the need to strive for a media "truly free" of political, commercial, factional and other interests.

He spoke of the critical role the media played in enhancing democracy, and of the importance of promoting diversity and transformation within the sector.

Zuma said ownership and staffing should reflect the country's demographics.

This meeting with media owners follows a similar gathering with editors, hosted by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe. Another one was hosted by the Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane.

Friday's meeting focused on "industry specific issues", government's main priority for 2011, marketing of government and the country, economic transformation and job creation.

Steady progress

Leading the media was Print Media SA chairperson Prakash Desai and chairperson of the National Association of Broadcasters Karen Willenberg.

Zuma's delegation included senior government officials led by government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi, Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane and Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel.

Zuma further reaffirmed government's commitment to fight corruption, which he described as a "key threat" to achieving government objectives.

"We are making steady progress as a country in taking forward this fight."

In less than a year, more than 18 proclamations authorising the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to conduct investigations were issued by Zuma. Most of these focused on procurement related irregularities.

Zuma said this was the highest number ever in the history of the SIU.

At the moment, the unit was busy investigating contracts to the value of about R10bn and conflict of interest involving officials, estimated at R5bn.

The unit was also looking into irregularities in the department of rural development and land reform. It relates to the unlawful transfer of farms valued at more than R60mm to individuals.

Farms valued at R36m have already been recovered for the state.

Zuma said government departments co-operate with the SIU and that in most cases investigations are instigated by department ministers as part of the anti-corruption drive.

- SAPA
Read more on:    jimmy manyi  |  collins chabane  |  kgalema motlanthe  |  jacob zuma  |  media  |  politics
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
12 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

Summer Survey!
Great ideas for the best summer sandwiches!
Christmas lingerie to make this festive season the best one ever!
13 things you might not know about Disneyland

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

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

Grand Theft Auto 5

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

The energy today is serious, materialistic and hardworking. You may find you get a new outlook on things and you may want to spend...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.