South Africa prez says media must respect privacy

Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Jacob Zuma says freedom of expression needs to be balanced to give the right to dignity and privacy to all South Africans.

Zuma told foreign correspondents Monday that a proposed Media Appeals Tribunal would accomplish that in South Africa, where Zuma's complaints against some in the local press have brought this tension into sharp focus.

Zuma has brought several media organizations to court for alleged defamation, including a cartoonist with the local Sunday Times who in 2008 depicted him poised to rape Lady Justice.

The Sunday Times said over the weekend that Zuma's lawyers had agreed to withdraw the case. Zuma said Monday he agreed to drop that case after the newspaper conceded it had defamed him. He said he wants an apology.