It’s wrong to ban the me­dia’s rights

CityPress - - Voices -

The Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers (EFF) this week said it would ban The New Age and ANN7 re­porters from at­tend­ing the party’s events be­cause they worked for the Gupta-owned news out­lets.

Ban­ning re­porters from do­ing their jobs just be­cause you have an axe to grind is a vi­o­la­tion of the rights of the me­dia.

This les­son also needs to be learnt by the DA and the ANC – they too have acted to pun­ish mem­bers of the me­dia who are crit­i­cal of them.

Re­porters are pro­fes­sion­als and should be treated as such. They should be al­lowed to con­duct their jobs with­out fear or favour. If they are found want­ing, there are ways for par­ties to ad­dress their is­sues.

Free­dom of the me­dia and free­dom of ex­pres­sion are en­shrined in the Con­sti­tu­tion, and should be re­spected by all. In a democ­racy, de­bate will al­ways be ro­bust, and those who dish out crit­i­cism should be pre­pared to take it as well.

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