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This just in: ANCYL responds to #SpeakZA

Bloggers For a Free Press

Last week, shocking revelations concerning the activities of the ANC Youth
League spokesperson Nyiko Floyd Shivambu came to the fore. According to a
letter published in various news outlets, a complaint was laid by 19 political
journalists with the Secretary General of the ANC, against Shivambu. This
complaint letter detailed attempts by Shivambu to leak a dossier to certain
journalists, purporting to expose the money laundering practices of Dumisani
Lubisi, a journalist at the City Press. The letter also detailed the intimidation
that followed when these journalists refused to publish these revelations.
We condemn in the strongest possible terms the reprisals against journalists by
Shivambu. His actions constitute a blatant attack on media freedom and a
grave infringement on Constitutional rights. It is a disturbing step towards
dictatorial rule in South Africa.
We call on the ANC and the ANC Youth League to distance themselves from the
actions of Shivambu. The media have, time and again, been a vital democratic
safeguard by exposing the actions of individuals who have abused their
positions of power for personal and political gain.
The press have played a vital role in the liberation struggle, operating under
difficult and often dangerous conditions to document some of the most crucial
moments in the struggle against apartheid. It is therefore distressing to note
that certain people within the ruling party are willing to maliciously target
journalists by invading their privacy and threatening their colleagues in a bid to
silence them in their legitimate work.
We also note the breathtaking hubris displayed by Shivambu and the ANC
Youth League President Julius Malema in their response to the letter of
complaint. Shivambu and Malema clearly have no respect for the media and
the rights afforded to the media by the Constitution of South Africa. Such a
response serves only to reinforce the position that the motive for leaking the
so-called dossier was not a legitimate concern, but a insolent effort to
intimidate and bully a journalist who had exposed embarrassing information
about the Youth League President.
We urge the ANC as a whole to reaffirm its commitment to media freedom and
other Constitutional rights we enjoy as a country.
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  1. please add me? xx

  2. Please add me too

  3. added xsyn and Cath.

  4. Well done Bravo!!!!

  5. me to please!!!!!!

  6. City Life says:

    I fully agree & you may add my name.
    I’ve been so positive & hopeful about the “new SA” as I NEVER voted in favour of apartheid, but it looks like Malema, Zuma & co’ have their own agenda.

  7. Shebee.co.za & Nerdmag.co.za are fully supporting this, please add us.

  8. will add all, thanks.

  9. It’s high time that these idiots that are tearing away at South Africa’s shaky recovery for personal gain are confronted and put to sleep (by injection if necessary). You have my full support.

  10. Enough is enough!

  11. Sarah Gee says:

    Please add me too!

  12. And me, please.

  13. This whole racism thing has gone to far and I am afraid if this whole filthy hate speech excrement carries on we will be heading for bloody civil war in this country. We can’t just sit back and let people who shouldn’t be the positions of government that they are in to carry on saying what they want without thinking before they speak.

    Apartheid is a part of South African history and yes it did happen and I feel sorry for those that it affected but we need to forget about the past and look to the future.

    It has been 16 years since democracy has been in place and more and more “Previousily Disadvantaged People” should have seen a difference in everyday living but the fact of the matter is they haven’t seen any big changes due to the fact that some political parties (Not talking about the ANC) promise the world before elections and when they are voted in the promises dissappear and the party has a few fat cats in high postions taking all the money and making stuffed up decisions. But alas the voters carry on voting for these liars.

    As a Tax paying citizen I don’t see why I have to pay towards paying for Jacob Zuma’s R5m rand court fees, or drive on roads that have potholes the size of small dams in them, or hear of ANC politicians street racing their Ferrari’s and Lambo’s after being pissed and crashing them and indirect our tax is being used to pay for these vehicles and extravagant entertainment, hy do we have to hear about police raping our women when they use to be a save haven or metro police being, well, metro police arrogant with no education or sense of reasoning.

    There are so many more issues they can be spoken about but everyone hears and knows of these issues, we complain but sit back and say well we can’t do anything about it. It is time that we get a leader like Helen Zille (I am not all for Helen Zille that’s why I said LIKE) who stands up for us people and our rights and won’t take crap when it comes to the “Constitution” whatever that actually means in this country because there are more loopholes in the “Constitution” than a swiss block of cheese.

    Well that is just me transuding my concerns of some of the issues. Please add comments if you wish.

  14. Please add my blog to this.

  15. done. Keep ‘em coming.

  16. Good job! Please add me too.

  17. Hey Chris, Please add me…

    ViVa the NEW STRUGGLE! ViVa

  18. Please add me as well Chris…

  19. Added my voice to the campaign…

  20. This will be a great way to get my new blog started. Please add me!

  21. Done, even though a bit late ;)

  22. Please add me.

  23. There’s a good chance its too late, but I work on a different time schedule at the moment. Any chance I can still be added?

    http://champsheathen.blogspot.com/2010/03/speakza-campaign-support.html

  24. Sure thing, Champagne H. We’re not here to say no.

  25. Colleen Figg says:

    add me please Chris, even though I am late!

    Thanks

    Colleen Figg

    http://blogs.news24.com/colleenfigg

  26. Please add me, thanks for this Chris, Blessed Be

  27. I have been on aeroplanes for days (feels like) …. please add me Chris … unless it is too late – thanks mate

  28. put my name down too.

  29. Add me please! *support all the way*

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