The New Age reacts to Malema criticism

2012-03-26 07:42

Johannesburg - The New Age newspaper on Sunday reacted to comments made by suspended ANC Youth League president Julius Malema about the paper's news coverage.

"We are not surprised at Mr Malema's attack on The New Age," editor Ryland Fisher said.

"He has a history of fighting the media."

He was responding to comments Malema made when he accepted his award at the National Press Club's Newsmaker of the Year function in Pretoria on Friday evening.

Factional politics

Malema took a swipe at the New Age newspaper for taking sides in "the factional politics of the ANC".

"For sure you know that there are some recently launched newspapers after Polokwane conference, that have taken sides and they are not ashamed.

"And the New Age, that is what it is ...belongs to a faction and promotes individuals and their factional agendas," Malema said.

"The ANC Youth League is not anti-media, we would fight for the protection and independence of the media without fear or favour," he said, sparking a chorus of applause and laughter from delegates.

Fisher said Malema was entitled to his views, but The New Age was proud to produce an independent, objective newspaper.

"We do not seek the endorsement or support of Mr Malema or any political party. We will continue to treat him with the respect he deserves and will continue trying to reflect all sides of the complex political situation in South Africa."

  • J-Man - 2012-03-26 07:53

    "{...} We will continue to treat him with the respect he deserves..{..}" i.e. treat him with none at all.

  • Ben - 2012-03-26 08:54

    Duuuuuh!!! It's a government run newspaper you moron...

      justin.schonegevel - 2012-03-26 09:55

      Marion, you must just see their actually way of writing and how the market. Who pays for the New Age Breakfasts? To have Jacob Zuma speak at a Newspaper breakfast. Also then to see the colours and the theme. It may act to be neutral but it has a clear motive. In time it will smooth the edges of the ANC and tr turn the image of the party in away we think it is normal. Beware of these papers.

  • Silomo - 2012-03-26 09:56

    Malema always through his speech his thinks of us as poor people his speak for us, and if you look hin in his eyes you can see his ready to die for my poverty, one day i will have food, shelter,business because of JULIUS MALEMA

      Thando - 2012-03-26 10:13

      So NOT thru sacrifice, hard work and diligence will u get "food, shelter an a business".........ncncncncnc ths dependency syndrome is makn sum cmrds short sighted.

      Zack - 2012-03-26 10:24

      Okay Silomo what ever you say you don't have food or shelter but you have a pc with an internet connection you must be special

      Gary - 2012-03-26 10:30

      that's right silomo! keep trusting juju - he will get you out of poverty. just like JZ created 500 000 jobs in 6 months last year, and built RDP houses for all those who desperately need it. these ANC leaders really care for the poor!

      Marion - 2012-03-26 10:39

      @Zack - not necessarily. May just be a really fancy phone with an internet connection. :-))) The sort of phone I can't afford.

      Glyn - 2012-03-26 11:30

      @Silomo - So... you depend on Malema for food. How about depending on yourself for a change. The food will taste a whole lot better!

      sakhikhaya.dlala - 2012-03-26 20:14

      LMAO!!! poor you (pun intended)!

      pelmane.mulongo - 2012-03-29 15:03

      Dont you all you guys see that Silomo is just kiding? She's talking with sarcasm... really! Although she might be 100% supporter of Julius Malema, her comment above just denotes that she's joking. "... He's ready to die for my poverty, one day i will have food, shelter, business,..". Come one, guys... Silomo, looking at her facebook profile, is a foreigner, from Malawi. Even if she has acquired a south african nationality (which I doubt), and although she might be poor, she knows that Malema is not 'ready to die for HER poverty'. South Africa has already too many people that are poor for Malema to be ready to die for a poor foreign citizen... In addition, there are already too many people without shelter amongst South Africans that I hardly see Malema readying himself to die so that a foreign migrant may get shelter... I may be wrong... But just a thought.

  • Collen - 2012-03-26 10:15

    You see new age, please stay out of this because you might have little to say when we go to Mangaung. Malema was not removed by ANC but a faction that is in power, said one reader and i support that. So bantu holomisa cannot attract any ANC memebers because he was removed by the ANC. Malema continues to attract scores of ANC members because they are aware that he is removed by a faction.

      robbieyahu - 2012-03-26 10:54

      sometimes we do need to remove rotten apples to save the whole bag from becoming "vrot" ...i for one admire a person who recognises a vrot / rotten apple in time to save the greater lot ...such person has wisedom ... but the one removing this rotten apple is the better one than the one recognising the rotten one .... if you havent recognised that an apple is rotten .... you are not even supposed to comment yet !!

      Thando - 2012-03-26 11:00

      Who in th ANC is not removed by a "faction"??......frm its inception leaders come nd go in ths organisation due 2 agendas set by "factions". In any political discourse th motive forces dictate th agenda of th day.....unless people lyk u really undrstand tht ths revolution is based on a collective cause NOT on individuals thn we will not survive th nxt 100yrs.

      Glyn - 2012-03-26 11:36

      The anc is just a bunch of factions! Each with it's own "tendency"! Why vote for a fruit salad political party?? If you are an anc supporter, boycott the next elections! If you don't like the anc corruption, vote fro an opposition party. If you think for yourself vote DA!

  • robbieyahu - 2012-03-26 10:56

    "malema" likes saying stuff .... hahaha now he says that he loves the freedom of the media ??? hehehe fact is he dislikes and hates them !! ...just give him one second of power and he will change this statement again !!! i remember very clearly his attacking of facebook and twitter ....helloooo some of us do have MEMORIES !!! LONG TERM AND SHORT TERM MEMORY ...we can clearly recall peoples statements or their core messages !! peace4peace

      Tulisa - 2012-03-27 07:32

      Cde J Malema he is most powerful politician in the country at the moment so I don't understand what second power your talking about,nothing wrong by attacking the media as Juju did before,even tomorrow he can wake up in the morning and start criticize the media it is his right to do so.the politics is about criticizing those who are against you.go to your Hellen Zile and ask why always she's opposing our democratic gov decision?

  • Glyn - 2012-03-26 11:26

    Quote " The New Age was proud to produce an independent, objective newspaper. Bulsh! It is an anc mouthpiece!

  • Philip - 2012-03-26 11:35

    "The ANC Youth League is not anti-media, we would fight for the protection and independence of the media without fear or favour" Guess what ... your gone JM ... you are doing it again ... WELL DONE.

  • christomamotseke - 2012-03-26 16:13


      Thando - 2012-03-26 17:21

      Hv u read th policy documents first b4 puttn Juju as th focal point in th upcomn conference??

      Thando - 2012-03-26 17:23

      Hv u read th policy documents first b4 puttn Juju as th focal point in th upcomn conference??

  • mzijimmym - 2012-03-26 16:30

    Malema is right,never undermine the influence of the Guptas now that the Shaiks have been relegated to the dustbin of history by our first citizen!

      Thando - 2012-03-26 17:13

      So tht we r influencd by th Limpopo all developing states, whr th economy is linked 2 politics u do hv sum capitalists linked 2 politicians. Whoeva bcomes th victor in Mangaung hs sum capitalist undr their belt......

  • Sipho - 2012-03-31 13:10

    New age keep it up with work malema is malema ignore him asd if he never open his mouthM

  • Sipho - 2012-04-05 19:34

    The anc do a good to suspend melam

  • Sipho - 2012-04-05 19:36

    The anc do a good to suspend melam

  • poseletso.leshabane - 2012-04-05 20:19

    is now time for malema to take glavs off n fight for his political rights cos his days are numbered i stand with the fact that every1 deserve a second chance...............

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