ANC challenges media to target rural areas

2012-05-03 19:12

Johannesburg - The Eastern Cape ANC has challenged the media to increase its distribution of newspapers into rural areas to honour World Press Freedom Day on Thursday.

"In honouring World Press Freedom Day, we would like to challenge news media institutions in the province and those that have a national footprint to increase their distribution," African National Congress Eastern Cape spokesperson Mlibo Qoboshiyane said in a statement on Thursday.

He also called on the Press Ombudsman to consider opening offices in all nine provinces to increase access to its services.

"As we join scores of journalists to honour this day, we are reminded of the reasons why the ANC included media freedom as part of its focus areas in its liberation struggle."

Qoboshiyane said there was a need to protect media freedom from the influence of the government, opposition political parties and commercial interests.

On this day, journalists should consider sharing their editorial policies so that there was a "clear understanding" of their operations, he said.

"We may differ with journalists here and there, but we are of the view that our collective commitment to freedom and liberation binds us together.

"On this day, we remember journalists who put their lives and those of their families at risk by reporting the injustices scores of our people were subjected to by the erstwhile apartheid government," said Qoboshiyane.

He said the party also appreciated the fact that news organisations were providing employment opportunities to young people.

  • Tsotsi-Dur - 2012-05-03 19:25

    Info bill? #Power to the people

      Godfrey - 2012-05-03 20:36

      Yea, good question, which way did the EC ANC vote on the it (info bill) in Parly. And the correct answer is....for the bill!!!!

  • Smile - 2012-05-03 19:26

    How about we also honour the current journalist who are putting there lives on the line when investigating the current ANC goverment.

  • Hermann - 2012-05-03 19:33

    Ach shame, it is now not what is reported it is free newspapers, the culture of I want - gimmeeeeeee.

  • shaylene.stenger - 2012-05-03 19:39

    \As we join scores of journalists to honour this day, we are reminded of the reasons why the ANC included media freedom as part of its focus areas in its liberation struggle.\ Um ok I'm a little confused, not long ago the ANC passed the new info bill....

  • Lacrimose - 2012-05-03 19:39

    Rural areas challenge the ANC to provide usable roads and revive the rail transport to rural areas. Both of which used to bring not just news but literature, periodicals and books to rural areas. If you read not only our history but that of Europe and the US, most of the great innovators, leaders, authors, scientists, etc. came from rural areas.

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-05-03 19:40

    I'm sorry mr EC ANC.... the newspapers will increase their footprint when it is commercially viable to do so, until then your challenge means nothing. They are a business and such have to make a profit. The rest of your statements are complete bollocks, the ANC does not support media freedom anymore, purely because the media make the ANC look like the bunch of muppets that they really are.

  • Dave - 2012-05-03 20:08

    Send in the New Age, sure they also need toilet paper as well

  • Hoosen Essa - 2012-05-03 20:25

    the news papers should be well delivered in the rural areas. let them read about their scum corrupt thieving politicians they vote for. they have no tv or radio, so let them read about why they still live in shacks and their youth are barbaric!!!!

  • brainbowgold - 2012-05-03 20:27

    Let us please rather make computers and the internet available to these impoverished areas. Such is the essence of freedom!

  • JanGrimbeek - 2012-05-03 20:36

    Yes, Yes, Yes !!! .... almost winter, most of the rural people can't read but the paper will help for the fires.

  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-05-05 22:15

    Why? They can't read anyway!

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