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Ministers don't disrespect media - GCIS

2013-01-21 16:31

Johannesburg - Ministers do not deliberately seek to disrespect journalists, government said on Monday.

"We are mindful of the pressures that reporters are under as they work towards meeting their deadlines and we appreciate this," the Government Communications and Information System (GCIS) said in a statement.

"Importantly, we also strive at all times to display a high level of professionalism when we interact with members of the media."

GCIS said government's work was enhanced by good and effective communication.

"It is therefore not in our interest to deliberately disrespect the work we do."

GCIS was responding to an opinion piece in Friday's Business Report, in which it was argued that journalists were "increasingly becoming a doormat for politicians".

"It has become fashionable these days for government ministers to call a press conference and then cancel it at the last minute, without giving a reasons or an apology," it read.

"Or a minister calls a press conference and they take their time to pitch up and not give a reason for keeping the media waiting."

The GCIS said it was unfair to generalise on an incident "wherein the journalist felt short changed".

"Government communication seeks at all times to operate in a professional manner."

Comments
  • gary.desousa.5 - 2013-01-21 16:42

    Well unfortunatly it does not appear to do that. One can only report on incidents that happen and if you late its rude not to let people know.

  • nettie.potgieter.5 - 2013-01-21 16:44

    Ministers do disrespect the media and they are s*** scare of media.

  • mitch.dhooghe - 2013-01-21 16:50

    The only thing you incompetent humans beings respect, are your BMW's and KFC!

      ronald.stilianou - 2013-01-21 18:33

      KFC maybe but not BMW's. Remember that minister that did not think her taxpayer supplied M5 does not need oil....

  • warren.rodel - 2013-01-21 16:55

    They disrespect SA tax money! Sure some of them can be replaced with a more worthy person that can do their job better.

  • gary.dasilva - 2013-01-21 16:55

    And government ministers are also not corrupt thieving AH's. and they love education and proper health care for our most vulnerable. Ohhh sorry I was dreaming there for a moment

  • stephen.king.900 - 2013-01-21 16:57

    There are no professionals in this government to be professionable

  • kalabafazi - 2013-01-21 17:13

    GCIS said government's work was enhanced by good and effective communication. Huh???? Have they not heard what utter rubbish most of the ministers say and then try back track by saying they "were quoted out of context". What irks me the most is that the government seems to think we are all complete idiots and will believe anything and everything they tell us.

  • warren.rodel - 2013-01-21 17:17

    ANC government cant get anything right, nothing successful has every been reported. ANC = PARASITE, prove otherwise you bunch of lairs! You make everyone sick!

  • warren.rodel - 2013-01-21 17:19

    Zuma - I don't know how you drag South Africa through the mud.

  • zmasemola1 - 2013-01-21 17:29

    "it is unfair to generalise on an incident ", is this the new ANC government slogan???

  • Davidsto - 2013-01-21 17:29

    They are scared that the World see our country getting messed up by the ruling party and look who is shooting them in the foot there own anc members with no dissipline strikers and lazy to workers so the journalists WELL DONE

  • Erna - 2013-01-21 17:31

    Government communication seeks at all times to operate in a professional manner. And that is why they are never available to comment or otherwise feel that don't have to comment.

  • MarkH - 2013-01-21 17:38

    Yeah right, and they don't disrepect the electorate either, nor the tax payers for that matter. What makes you think there's an election coming?

  • JohnDough - 2013-01-21 18:02

    I am sure you don't. You just disrespect each and every citizen of this country.

  • Adrian van der Merwe - 2013-01-21 18:22

    Ba ba black sheep have you any wool?

  • Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-01-21 18:52

    And again.....and again.....and again..... another one, thank you DA for pointing it out again, who is next?

      Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-01-21 18:55

      Oops!!! Finger fault, wrong place, comment needs to go back to Communications director general Rosey Sekese, not here.......move comment move, got to copy/past now

  • lizette.vanwyk.arts - 2013-01-21 19:05

    Importantly, we also strive at all times to display a high level of professionalism when we interact with members of the media. When you are not interacting with members of the media, plz show some self respect and respect before you put your hand in the cookie jar. Respect is a big word, you should not use it lightly and to many it actually means something.

  • nukki.green - 2013-01-21 20:34

    why not block out ANC for 1 month, concentrate on foreign news instead,

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