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‘Protection of state information bill is still under consideration’

President Zuma says the matter must be concluded but at the appropriate time.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma says the protection of state information bill is still under consideration after some technical changes and further constitutional objections.

Zuma was speaking to senior members of the press at a presidential lunch today to commemorate World Media Day on Monday.

The president says while he is fully committed to media freedom to uphold democracy, the press must be regulated and there is a need for a media tribunal.

He says the matter is important and must be concluded but at the appropriate time when all the objections have been dealt with.

"I sent it back and it was brought back [to me] with some corrections. Some people have brought more issues and the minister in the state security has also brought some issues. Those matters are being processed, once we've concluded that, we will then deal with the matter."

President Zuma also gave his views on issues ranging from media freedom and transformation to the wits university protests.

He says he has been wronged by the media for too long and there is a need for regulation.

"The media wants to do as they wish. It's not fair. Particularly because media, more than any of the sectors, are the ones who talk and write 24 hours."

Zuma says despite the need for a regulated media, he believes media freedom is a cornerstone of democracy.

#Zuma President Jacob Zuma is interacting with representatives media, South African National Editors Forum. EC pic.twitter.com/TfljgGKsiC

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