Government spokesperson, Themba Maseko, says the negative international coverage of South Africa’s perceived intention to restrict the freedom of the press and expression is increasingly concerning the government.
Maseko points out that a top-level meeting between the government and senior editors needed to be held as soon as possible to take the debate on media regulation further, adding that attempts are underway to set a date for the meeting.
He says the issue is one of self-regulation versus the suggestion that there be statutory regulation through a tribunal. He stresses that the idea of a tribunal is still with the African National Congress and is not government policy.
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