Media products should have the space to share the dreams, successes and hardships of the majority, accurately and without prejudice, Zuma said at a meeting with media representatives in Pretoria to mark the country’s Media Freedom Day.


The South African Constitution “guarantees our freedom and our rights”, which include freedom of the media and expression, Zuma said.

“These freedoms are however not absolute. The Constitution adds that these rights do not extend to propaganda for war, incitement of imminent violence or the propagation of hatred based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion,” Zuma said.

“In this regard, we also urge the media industry to ensure that media freedom and access to the media are enjoyed by all in the country, including the poor and the working class,” the president added.
The media should inspire and build the country and provide the youth with role models around whom they can build their lives, said Zuma.

This is in addition to the role of the media in providing a platform to promote good governance, ethical behavior and the fight against corruption as part of nation building, he noted.

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has resolved to implement the 2007 conference resolution on media transformation, accountability and diversity. This includes the proposed parliamentary enquiry on the feasibility and desirability of a Media Appeals Tribunal, according to Zuma.

“We anticipate that parliament will in its deliberations, take into account the media and freedom of expression provisions in the Constitution of the Republic,” Zuma said.

Zuma has repeatedly criticized the media for always reporting the negative while neglecting the positive.
The media has been concentrating on “opposite of the positive,” Zuma once said.

Too much negative reporting makes people dislike their country, Zuma noted. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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