2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


ANC'S CALL FOR HOSTILE MEDIA, AD BOYCOTT

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SPOKESPERSON

The UDM is shocked and disgusted by the ANC's arrogant and irresponsible call on Government to boycott "hostile" media.

It is clear that the ANC's submission to the Human Rights Commission, through Mr Jeff Radebe, was an attempt to silence the media. This also explains why State controlled media gives very little coverage of other political parties. The ANC seems to have been schooled well by the NP.

The freedom of the press is now definitely under threat. It has always been the UDM's view that the ANC has no moral authority over what is happening in Zimbabwe in terms of free political activity, because they (ANC) never practiced it here at home before the 1999 Elections.

The ANC must remember that State resources do not belong to the ANC as a party. The fact that the ANC is deploying it cadres to top Government positions, does not mean that Government, in turn, becomes ANC.

The media should try by all means not to allow themselves to be the mouthpiece of the ANC or any political party. The media has a responsibility towards the citizens of this country; they should jealously guard their freedom.

Enquiries:
Malizole Diko
UDM National Spokesperson

Cape Town
21 June 2000