UDC had a meet and greet with Editors and journalists at MISA offices this morning.
UDC spokesperson Moeti Mohwasa says the meeting is not meant to persuade the media to be biased towards UDC in their reporting.
The UDC president Duma Boko called upon media to be robust and to report without fear or favour.
He says the UDC is not reported fairly in government media so the MP’s are not to be seen to be vocal in parliament so it is important for UDC to look to the private media for rescue.
“It is important for private press to be of assistance in taking the message to the people” Boko said. He says UDC is very firm in its belief of freedom of expression because it is important for people to know and the people can only know if they are informed by the press.
“It is therefore important for journalists themselves to know and where there’s need we can assist in getting information to you.”
MISA national director Buyani Zongawane says the media is working under a confused framework. “We are saying we want self regulation and not statutory regulation so work with us as we determine which way the media is taking” Zongawane says. He also called upon the UDC not to take over government media when they come to power.
Editors forum chairman Spencer Mogapi reiterated Zongawane,s sentiments that UDC should not come into power and continue the status quo at the public broadcaster by “owning” the national broadcaster through placing political cronies to run govt media.
He appealed to UDC not to treat opposition the way the current ruling party is treating the opposition should they take over power in 2019.