24 May 2012
The Government is appalled and has found it disappointing and out of character for E-TV to censor the visuals that show Advocate Gcina Malindi breaking down in tears during the South Gauteng High Court proceedings in relation to The Spear portrait, today.
The role of the media, with particular reference to television, is to show visuals that inform and educate society. Government believes that in this particular instance, E-TV was bias and failed to broadcast a true reflection of the court proceedings.
Advocate Malindi broke down in tears after judges questioned his legal arguments. E-TV censored the visuals that would have shown his deep pain and emotion, that expressed the culmination of the sentiment of humiliation and denigration of the dignity of President Jacob Zuma, his office and the African culture that is shared by millions of South Africans.
Mr Jimmy Manyi, Cabinet Spokesperson
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Issued by: Government Communications (GCIS)