ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SPOKESPERSON
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.
UDM National Spokesperson
21 June 2000