Friday, February 26, 2010

Officials Warn Against Exagerrations

South African officials are calling out the news media for soliciting controversial statements to exaggerate the safety issues of the country.

Zille said it was important not to "pump up" international fears, and mentioned the recent attack on the Togolese football team during the Confederations Cup in Angola as an example of how perceptions could go wrong.

"They don't differentiate between countries," she said, adding that she herself had been on the receiving end of journalists "trying to squeeze alarming statements" out of her.

'Watch out for World Cup scare-mongering'
Cape Argus
February 26, 2010