Jordan says no go for media tribunal

2010-11-23 10:08

Johannesburg - ANC veteran Pallo Jordan criticised his party's plans for a media tribunal at a debate where he was originally scheduled to speak in favour of the tribunal and controversial protection of information bill.

"How did it (the ANC) paint itself into a corner where it can be portrayed as being opposed to media freedom?

"All the legislation we now have, including the Protection of Access to Information Act, was developed by the ANC," said Jordan, according to a report in Business Day newspaper on Tuesday.

"Given all these measures, how does one square that with an attempt to control, or pressure, media into a corner? I say it’s a fool’s errand, it cannot be done, given the commercial, technical environment that presently exists in media."

He was speaking at a National Association of Democratic Lawyers panel discussion at the weekend, where he was scheduled to speak in favour of the bill and tribunal.

ANC in ‘lose-lose’ situation

But when Jordan started talking, he said the audience might be left confused with the remarks he was planning to make.

He went on to say the African National Congress was creating a "lose-lose situation" for itself.

Jordan warned that not only was a Constitutional challenge against the bill possible, but also, that it was very difficult to keep information secret today.

"Think about WikiLeaks and documents on the Nato coalition’s activities in Afghanistan or Iraq.

"Given the policies we (the ANC) have in place and the laws we have in place, if the movement pursues this path it can only result in a lose-lose situation.

Jailed for information

"Those who want to rubbish us will have every right to do so," said Jordan.

The ANC has decided to appoint a team to investigate the possibility of a Media Appeals Tribunal for print media, a notion that was first discussed at its last national conference in 2007.

The government has also taken flak for the proposed protection of information bill, which is still under discussion, but if left unchanged, would allow the state to classify any information it deemed fit.

The bill would not allow the media to publish any information, even if it were in the public interest, and journalists doing so, could be sent to jail.

  • bill - 2010-11-23 10:20

    Well well, the only intellectual left in the hierachy opposes this bill. Naturally the leadership and especially Zuma would like to hide their questionable deeds from public scrutiny.

  • Smanga - 2010-11-23 11:05

    AM I missing something here... He has been an avid supporter of the media tribunal... POLITICIANS!!!

  • Brandon96end - 2010-11-23 11:20

    Take that.

  • GV - 2010-11-23 11:28

    Sanity within the madness

  • nic - 2010-11-23 11:33

    Common sense at last... Jordan for president

  • nic - 2010-11-23 11:35

    Common sense at last... Jordan for president

  • themantshepo - 2010-11-23 12:01

    forces are at work evilo forces to discredit the ANC to use the media as a tool to turn the masses against the ANC these evil forces must be eilminated and stopped and if the media wants to continue discrediting and targeting the ANC then it too must be eliminated and stopped in its tracks and taught a harsh lesson in life

      tinusjgrobler - 2010-11-23 12:33

      You sound like Malema on Twitter!

      mbossenger - 2010-11-23 12:53

      Maybe if the ANC didn't keep giving the media so much ammo to work with....

      oxygen - 2010-11-23 13:42


      John - 2010-11-23 14:08

      May the evil force climb in your underwear and torment you...Be on the lookout for our dear president's forefathers.

      Boerseun - 2010-11-23 17:36

      The ANC screws itself up. We who have common sense and love freedom does not have to do anything in this regard.

      emile.marais - 2010-11-23 20:19

      May the Force be with you! Hahahaha!

  • Spyker May - 2010-11-23 12:35

    This does not happen very often - I am eating humble-pie..! While bowing to Pallo Jordan... Sir, you have my vote.

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  • Pothole - 2010-11-23 14:07

    Sorry the previous comment from me was only a check to see if my login work, the comment was gone before i realised. I want to propose that comments from people like thsepo be ignored. Nobody can be so absolutely stupid. Chances are good that this is a guy who have a weird sense of humour and write this king of BS to provoke comments which he obviously enjoy all by himself.

      alexander.lombard - 2010-11-23 14:50

      I agree. But some time one has to wonder about the thing called blind loyalty. Then also the comments in answer by some readers. The Name calling is also not verry mature

  • DianaCroat - 2010-11-23 14:08

    Oh my word "themantshepo" - you obviously have never experienced media blackouts - I am sure you cannot be so thick as to not realise that your precious ANC is raping this country and stealing from you and all the citizents and blacking out the media would only encourage them to steal more because you and I would not have any knowledge of just how badly they are stealing from us (and that include you IDIOT!). WHy don't you do some research on mother Russia and see just how successful communism was and see just how happy everyone was. eVen those in top government positions used to sleep fully clothed as they never knew when the KGB (the communist secret service)would arrive in the middle of the night to take them away, only to have them permanently disappear! Please try to educate yourself before showing how stupid you really are and making idiotic comments! DORK!

  • Thembisile - 2010-11-23 14:56

    Maybe sanity will prevail at last. I bet there are a lot of cadres who are against media tibunal but are afraid to come out in public to denounce, I assume it is a question of knowing and not forgetting where your bread is buttered.

  • Rick - 2010-11-23 15:53

    It didn't take long for the true ANC intentions to come out - not only blatant corruption, but, blatant suppression too.

  • mlungiseleli.ganto - 2010-11-23 16:21

    Well, we will see how long it will take him to say he was quoted out of context, as that is the most popular line from those comrades in the ANC.

  • Boerseun - 2010-11-23 17:34

    Freedom livong people will willingly go to jail, rather than letting millions suffer because of ANC policies. Pallo is for ones in his life very much correct.

  • H Lategan - 2010-11-23 20:29

    Oh please man. This man kept quite all during Mbeki's crazy Aids policies, quite when his boss defended Selebi and Robben Island collapsed under his dismal leadership. The man is a joke. They are all trying to re-write their narratives suddenly. Herman Lategan Sea Point

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