Media: ‘tribunal is a bad idea’

2008-10-22 00:00

Cape Town — If African National Congress proposals to set up a media tribunal in South Africa are adopted, it will be the beginning of the end for media freedom, satirical cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro said here yesterday.

Shapiro told the Cape Town Press Club that self-regulation is the only way to go for the media in a free and democratic society.

He was responding to reports that an ANC task team is investigating the need for a media tribunal to serve as an “appeal division” to handle complaints against the media.

The South African National Editors’ Forum have warned that a tribunal could result in restrictions on the media.

Shapiro said. “There is this over-emphasis in South Africa on the notion of respect for politicians. Politicians should earn their respect. There should be respect for the position, not the person.’’

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