ANC’S to blame, not jour­nal­ists

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

JABULANI Sikhakhane writes about the qual­ity of jour­nal­ism, or lack thereof (“Jour­nal­ism re­spon­si­ble for its own prob­lems”, Week­end Ar­gus, Novem­ber 26).

This seems a rather smug at­tempt to jus­tify the Pro­tec­tion of State In­for­ma­tion Bill.

He says: “Politi­cians get their march­ing or­ders from you ev­ery five years.” And he quotes widely from non-sa sources re­gard­ing me­dia play­ing a quasi-po­lit­i­cal role.

He uses the word “democ­racy” in a SA po­lit­i­cal con­text twice and warns that jour­nal­ism is on a slip­pery slope un­less it shows greater re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Is he not over­look­ing some fun­da­men­tal facts about SA and democ­racy?

We live in a highly po­larised, politi­cised so­ci­ety, where the ANC seeks at least 65 per­cent of the vote.

With the SA mind­set mired in a one-party ethos and the ANC’S glib ac­cep­tance of it, doesn’t this make any se­ri­ous dis­cus­sion pre­ma­ture?

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