It takes a brave and couragous man to be Steve Motale…

2015-08-18 18:16

We can analogize the South African media industry to the Yamaguchi Gumi mafia. The head of the mafia is the private sector collaborating with the opposition political party pushing through their agenda’s for success with the bottom line theory and success in taking full governance. The problem with this is that they use the media, mainly mainstream print media to misinform us and generate thoughts that push their agenda. My question is how do we regulate politically inclined journalists from pushing the private sector or a certain political party (i.e the Democratic Alliance) through the media?

It terrifies me when a media house like the Mail and Guardian can publicly state through their newspapers that people shouldn’t vote for the ANC. I thought the mandate of journalists and media houses was to be objective and unbiased, to allow the public to decide for themselves who they should or shouldn’t vote for?

To be honest it is not even the journalists fault. In fact the editor cant do much as well, they just receive their salaries monthly, get their work turned in just to be re -directed by the higher powers. Anything going against their policies and plan of action is immediately deleted or removed even if what is being said is TRUE.

The media should never play the role of the unofficial opposition, they should just create a platform for information to be passed to the public in a fair manner. It angers and dissapoints me when Stephen Grootes can stand up openly at a New Age Debate which goes out to 49 countries and publicly state that he has never claimed to be impartial and objective? So what is he exactly?Clearly that doesn’t fall within the moral requirements of a journalist. It is these type of journalists that end up becoming MP’s for those political parties they secretly worked for. We talk about transformation and transerancy in the media but that will never happen until the people just below the puppet strings consider a serious moral intervention.

It took a brave man like Steve Motale to firstly acknowledge his mistakes, it took an even braver attempt to stand up against the monopoly of the print media and say enough is enough. I commend Steve for having the courage to stand up and say I was wrong to listen to higher powers, I was wrong to allow pieces to be published that was mainly created to destroy the credibility of the ANC and our President Jacob Zuma. Steve is a hero. He is a hero because he made it easier for other editors who still manage to contain their guilt to finally let it off their shoulders. What a feeling it must be to be able to publish news that is actually true, objective and unbiased. Not many of our media houses know this feeling in fact very few do.

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