Zuma attacks newspaper

2011-06-15 14:19

The Cape Times newspaper, which hit the streets of Cape Town this morning with the front-page headline “MPs launch attack on Zuma”, came under attack later that day from the man himself.

Responding to the previous day’s debate in the National Assembly on the Presidency’s budget, President Jacob Zuma said the Cape Times report had told only half the story.

“The readers of the Cape Times newspaper were not given an opportunity to know fully what was said in the presidency budget vote speech and make up their own minds.

“The lead story, ’MPs launch attack on Zuma’, focuses on what the opposition said, without first giving readers an opportunity to know what had been said in the first place!” Zuma told MPs.

His remark provoked an outburst of laughter from ANC benches.

Zuma called on media houses to take the matter seriously, saying: “We trust that the media will find time to seriously conduct introspection, and debate such issues internally, as they become defensive and claim press freedom violations when such matters are pointed out to them.”

Earlier, he said the need for media that provided space for all parties, including government, to state their views and communicate their programmes, “even if the media owners and editorial managers disagree with the views expressed”, was a key challenge. 

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