Critics remind me of apartheid media - Zuma

President Jacob Zuma said current media criticism of his government reminds him of his past.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS

PARYS - President Jacob Zuma claims the level of media criticism against the ANC in government is almost the same as the way the media portrayed the party as a terrorist organisation in the 1980s.

He hit out at criticism of the party while closing the Free State ANC's elective conference on Sunday.

The party's Free State branch went ahead with its elective conference despite problems with two of its regions.

The Parys conference started on Friday and was attended by 239 out of 318 ANC branches in that province. It was delayed several times before.

In his address, Zuma said current media criticism of his government reminds him of his past.

"We're almost getting back to the old days where the ANC was described as killers, terrorists, wrong people, criminals."

But he said some journalists are self-appointed critics.

"They spend a lot of time judging peopleā€¦ I don't know who gave them this authority."

The ruling party is expected to discuss a proposed media appeals tribunals at its national policy this week.