Parliament and media at each others' throats again
Relations between Parliament's management and the media are tense again, and once more threats by management to gag a reporter - ironically over the Protection of Information Bill - have led to the two sides seeking talks. After all, they need each other.
Secretary of Parliament Zingile Dingane has threatened to withdraw the accreditation of a member of Independent Newspapers' parliamentary team, Deon de Lange, after he anonymously quoted a senior parliamentary source criticising the way the ANC has handled the process around the Protection of State Information Bill (POIB aka Secrecy Bill).
"It's like the blind leading the blind and (the ANC) are confusing everybody," the official reportedly told De Lange.
They cited a draft 2009 code, which had not been agreed on by journalists, to justify their threatened action to withdraw his accreditation.
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