SAHRC not worried over media tension

2012-01-30 21:59

Johannesburg - The SA Human Rights Commission is not particularly worried about tension between the media and the government, chairperson Lawrence Mushwana said on Monday.

"In our view, this is a necessary tension and clearly you do not expect [that] there must be an intimate relationship between the media and the government," he said in a statement to the Press Freedom Commission's (PFC) public hearings in Johannesburg.

"The questions the media would ask relate to matters of democracy, accountability, openness and some... possibly some ... government officials would not want to be asked these types of questions."

The commission encouraged building a society where there would be dialogue in the country and space for ideas. Without dialogue came the risk of a journalist supplanting the feeling of the community with their own, he said.

The PFC's "Listening to SA" campaign will be held in Johannesburg again on Tuesday. It is led by former chief justice Pius Langa and is intended to examine a regulatory framework for print media in South Africa.

The open hearings are taking place at the Braamfontein recreation centre in Johannesburg.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-01-30 22:48

    Why should the print media be regulated ? Once this question is answered, one can go and see how much existing legislation there already is for the protection of the individual and other entities. The print media is just another part of society and does not warrant special attention. The more freedom it has, the better.

      John - 2012-01-31 00:02

      Read the article by John Kane-Berman; He explains that the ANC sees a free press as an enemy. The ANC still thinks like a communist organization, wanting to make slaves from all of us. ANC = Association of National Criminals, Abortion Murder Genocide. Destroying South Africa since 1957.

      Blip - 2012-01-31 03:05

      There are libel and slander laws on the statute book already which are more than adequate to rein in media who tell lies. Any further "regulation" is clearly and blatantly a suppression of the freedom of the press.

  • Dirk - 2012-01-31 05:07

    Yet more parasites, living off the poor, "in the name of democracy of course"

  • hein.huyser - 2012-01-31 06:42

    Wonder why? Is it because they don't respect or understand the true meaning of the abbreviation SAHRC? Is it because they all are just political appointees working for the ANC and trying to legitimize the racist laws and actions of the ANC? If they did they would oppose every and all ANC legislation based on race. Hypocrite comes to mind. No wonder they don't care about what the media reports about them. Lapdog is another word that comes to mind.

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