We must never give in to bullies
Mmusi Maimane, DA National Spokesperson
28 May 2012
It is unfortunate that the City Press has buckled to political pressure and removed ‘The Spear’ from its website.
But whatever one may think of the painting, no political figure – no matter how powerful or influential – has the right to tell any newspaper what it is allowed to publish or not; similarly no one should be able to tell an artist what he or she is allowed to paint.
It is unfortunate that President Zuma and the ANC chose to intimidate the City Press into taking down the painting from its website, and it is equally unfortunate that the City Press has caved in to this pressure after a valiant attempt to fight for what is right.
This kind of self-censorship will stop our democracy in its tracks. We will never forget how the apartheid government bullied its critics in the media, many of them into submission. Those who stood firm against the bullies carried the torch of media freedom in those dark days.
We must keep that flame alive.