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Mantashe defends media tribunal proposals

19th August 2010

By: Sapa

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African National Congress (ANC) secretary general Gwede Mantashe defended the party's proposal towards a media tribunal on Thursday.


"Freedom of the press and freedom of expression must not be elevated above other rights, the right to privacy and the right to dignity," said Mantashe at the African Participatory Democracy Conference in Johannesburg.

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"These rights must be equally protected therefore giving media freedom its status of being equal to democracy is a misnomer."


Mantashe accused journalists who have criticised the media tribunal of not being familiar with the resolution that proposed it.

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"They are fighting for the sake of it," he said.


"The question is not about whether it (the tribunal) is against the media because it exposed corruption. Media must be able to write and expose things that are facts but it must be compliant with protecting the rights of others."

 

 

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