Motsoeneng: “We need media to be regulated”

BY CHARL BOSCH - AUGUST 18, 2015

Controversial South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chief Operating Officer (COO), Hlaudi Motsoeneng, has said the attitude shown by independent media houses towards certain news items, clearly illustrates why a state-run press regulating authority is needed.

Speaking during a panel discussion hosted by The New Age yesterday, Motsoeneng, who was suspended earlier this year for lying about his academic qualifications, said statements made by some journalist needs to be controlled as they don’t portray the nation in a good light.

“For us [as the SABC], it is important to portray the country in a positive way. There are so many good stories that [are] happening. But [with] print media, it's more negative stories. Where are the positive stories? Have you ever seen positive stories leading the headlines,” he said.

“There is a crisis in a number of newsrooms. We are aware of this - hence we need the media to be regulated”.

Addressing fellow panelist, 702 political editor Stephen Grootes, Motsoeneng described him as a good journalist let down by a lack of objectivity and having an opinion about everything.

In a rebuttal, Grootes accused Motsoeneng’s previous statement of wanting journalists to be licensed, while CityPress editor Ferial Haffajee said the state has no authority to censor a free media environment.

 

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