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Jamaican Anglican Bishop Calls for Free Press with Guts

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Anglican Bishop  of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Rt Rev Dr Howard Gregory, is suggesting that the media have more to offer.

“While we expect the media to be truthful in reflecting what is happening in our midst, I submit that the journalistic community has a significant role to play in the shaping of our society,” he said. Gregory said the view that media only reflect what is going on is a cop-out.

“If the journalistic community is simply going to reflect the dynamics and values of society, then we are in deep trouble.” Speaking at the World Press Freedom Day Forum at The Knutsford Court Hotel on Thursday, Bishop Gregory said a spirit of individualism is permeating societies and institutions of governance and commerce are taking more control over citizens’ lives. He said there seems to be no exploration of the values which are informing the decisions being made and the extent they influence society’s choices.

“It seems to me it will take a free press with guts, as well as institutions of civil society to educate the population and expose these areas of our national life,” he said…

Rest here.


Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

May 6, 2013 at 09:56

Archbishop Tutu: ANC Worse than Apartheid Government

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Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has slammed the ANC government for not granting the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, a visa:

“Our government is worse than the apartheid government, because at least you were expecting it from the apartheid government,” he said in a news conference on the government’s failure to grant Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama a visa.

“We were expecting we would have a government that was sensitive to sentiments of our Constitution,” Tutu said.

“The trouble is that the ANC on the whole reckons that the freedom that we enjoy is due to them. They reckon everyone else is just a sideline.”

Tutu, who shouted and shook his finger as he spoke, said President Jacob Zuma did not represent him.

“Hey Mr Zuma, you and your government don’t represent me. You represent your own interests.

“I am warning you out of love. I am warning you like I warned the nationalists that one day we will start praying for the defeat of the ANC government. You are disgraceful.”

South Africans will pray for the downfall of the ANC like they did with the apartheid government, Archbishop Desmond Tutu said in Cape Town.

“We will pray as we prayed for downfall of apartheid government, we will pray for downfall of a government that misrepresents us,” Tutu shouted at a news briefing on the government’s failure to grant the Tibetan leader a visa.

“The nationalists had a huge majority. They ate dust,” Tutu said while shaking his finger.

He said the ANC had a large majority, but so did former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, both of whom were overthrown in popular uprisings.

“Mubarak had a large majority. Gaddafi had a large majority. Watch out. I am warning you. Watch out.”…

Tutu also had strong words for President Jacob Zuma.

He said he once listened to one of Zuma’s state of the nation speeches as the president paid tribute to everyone, apart from religious leaders, in bringing about democracy.

“I listened to this president paying tribute to all kinds of people who had helped bring about democracy in this country,” Tutu said.

“This president did not mention a single religious leader. Let the ANC know that they can not airbrush us out.”



Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

October 4, 2011 at 20:16

Election Day

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Here in South Africa:

Polling stations have officially opened in the fourth local government election since the end of apartheid.

Close on 24 million people are registered to vote in the polls with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) calling on all eligible voters to make their mark.

People have already started queuing at some stations across the country in a bid to cast their votes as early as possible…

So far, everything seems to be going well…

Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

May 18, 2011 at 12:50


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